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The number of hospitalizations from the coronavirus set yet another record on Saturday, as cases continue to surge and public health officials warn of a worsening outlook with the holiday season just weeks away.

More than 91,500 people were hospitalized with the virus on Saturday, with 18,000 in the intensive care unit. That's according to data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project, which collects and analyzes data across the country. Over 6,000 patients were on ventilators.

Another Republican effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election has been stopped, this time by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which on Saturday rejected a request that some 2.5 million mail-in ballots in the state be thrown out.

In its ruling, the high court unanimously dismissed a lawsuit that claimed that a 2019 state law allowing no-excuse absentee ballots was unconstitutional.

Six months after Donald Trump became president, he delivered remarks about law enforcement that set the tone for civil rights.

In a speech to law enforcement officers on Long Island, Trump said: "Please don't be too nice." To applause from the crowd, the president added that it might not be necessary to protect the heads of suspects being folded into the back of police cars.

For former civil rights prosecutor Kristy Parker, those words marked a major turnaround.

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On this edition of WSIU InFocus, we hear from experts about the invasive Asian Carp, which are rapidly spreading in Illinois' streams and rivers, causing damage to the native fish populations.


Longtime WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson and his son Stephen have collaborated on a new book. It’s entitled The Turnpike Rivalry: The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns. WSIU's Brad Palmer talked with the two huge Pittsburgh sports fans about it.

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All three Shelton brothers are sentenced to 25 years in prison for the mail robbery in Collinsville; meanwhile, the body of patrolman Lory Price is found. Charlie Birger is arrested at his home, and Arlie Boswell is attacked and threatened by an anonymous letter.

Health leaders are concerned large gatherings during the Thanksgiving holiday will be COVID super spreader events.

Illinois Department of Public Health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says one of the first signs if that comes true is looking for a spike in COVID cases one to two weeks following the holiday.

Illinois hunters took more than 47,000 deer during the first weekend of firearm deer season.

After a weekend of pretty nice weather, State Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Rachel Torbert says hunters harvested 47, 147 deer.

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Carbondale Police say the fourth suspect wanted in connection to a home invasion and shooting incident has turned himself in.

Detectives say 18-year-old Kerwin J.C. Watson of Carbondale surrendered at the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Journey across the region to learn how local government, charitable organizations, and community groups are responding to the changing needs of their communities. InFocus aires Thursday, November 26th at 7 p.m.

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Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report the morning news for November 25th.

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker continues to urge residents not to travel or gather with people outside their household for Thanksgiving.

Pritzker says there is still time to change plans before Thursday's holiday.


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