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State appeals guns-in-polls decision

LANSING, MI (MPRN)-- Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel say it’s not too late to reinstate a ban on openly carrying guns at or near polling places on Election Day. They are appealing a court ruling that struck down a directive from Benson that banned open carry in and near polling places on Election Day. The decision from Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray said Benson circumvented the state’s formal rule-making process when she issued the...

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MARQUETTE, MI--   The number of new COVID-19 cases just keeps climbing in the Upper Peninsula.

Wednesday a total of 179 coronavirus cases were lab-confirmed.

The number per county is as follows: 

  • Alger-5
  • Baraga-12
  • Chippewa-5
  • Delta-60
  • Dickinson-20
  • Gogebic-5
  • Houghton-6
  • Iron-3
  • Keweenaw-1
  • Luce-8
  • Mackinac-3
  • Marquette-30
  • Menominee-14
  • Ontonagon-2
  • Schoolcraft-5

One death was reported in Delta County.

A man used a knife to attack people at the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice, France, Thursday, killing three people, authorities say. Several more were injured. Police have arrested a suspect, according to Mayor Christian Estrosi.

Two people were killed inside the church, and another died outside it, according to local media reports. The victims are reportedly two men and a woman.

"I send all my support and all my compassion to the families of the victims of this barbarian," Estrosi said.

The U.S. economy grew at a record pace during the last three months, according to the last major economic report before the election.

Not many people are popping champagne corks, though, because GDP also shrank at a record pace during the previous three months. Despite the strong rebound in July, August and September, the economy has not yet recovered from the damage done by the coronavirus pandemic.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced a limited lockdown in a bid to stop the exponential growth in coronavirus cases, currently doubling every seven days.

Following long negotiations with Germany's 16 state governors, Merkel, who's been urging the public to dial down socializing for weeks, persuaded the governors that closing bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, swimming pools, theaters, cinemas and concert venues is their best option.

"We only need infection numbers to double another four times and the health system is finished," she warned Wednesday.

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This story was co-reported by Iowa Public Radio News, the Center for Public Integrity and NPR.

The New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Waterloo. The senior high school in Fort Dodge. The Masonic Temple in Council Bluffs.

Iowa voters won't be able to cast their ballot at any of those polling places this Election Day because of hundreds of closures and consolidations that have rippled across the state due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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