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Top eight CNS stories for today including a Texas state judge blocked Governor Greg Abbott’s limit of one absentee ballot drop-off box per county; The novel coronavirus is wreaking havoc again in Europe; The Senate Judiciary Committee set a vote for Oct. 22 on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to sit on the Supreme Court, and more.

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Top eight CNS stories for today including a Texas state judge blocked Governor Greg Abbott’s limit of one absentee ballot drop-off box per county; The novel coronavirus is wreaking havoc again in Europe; The Senate Judiciary Committee set a vote for Oct. 22 on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to sit on the Supreme Court, and more.

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National

1.) A national survey taken during the first weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic shows a strong surge in support for an active government role in universal health care, paid sick leave policies, and unemployment benefits.

The U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Courthouse News photo/Jack Rodgers)

2.) A federal judge said Thursday she is disinclined to lift a block on the U.S. government’s ban on the popular Chinese messaging app WeChat.

Icons for the smartphone apps TikTok and WeChat are seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of the consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

3.) Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham steamrolled precedent Thursday and set a vote for Oct. 22 on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to sit on the Supreme Court. 

People protest for and against the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, rally at the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Regional

4.) A Texas state judge blocked Governor Greg Abbott’s limit of one absentee ballot drop-off box per county Thursday, two days after the Fifth Circuit reinstated it in a parallel federal case.

Signs direct traffic at a drive-through ballot drop off location at the Travis County Tax Office in Austin, Texas, on Thursday Oct. 1, 2020. (Jay Janner /Austin American-Statesman via AP)

5.) The judge hearing the cases against four fired Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd affirmed Thursday afternoon that new filings by prosecutors and the defense will be made public without delay.

Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, right, walks out of the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility on Monday afternoon June 20, 2020, in Minneapolis with his attorney, Earl Gray, after a hearing. Lane is one of four former officers charged in the death of George Floyd. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

International

6.) The novel coronavirus is wreaking havoc again in Europe and its rapid spread is forcing countries to impose curfews, close down nightlife in cities like Paris, Barcelona and Prague and prepare for a wave of sick patients.

Tourists shops are empty in a deserted street just outside the Sacre Coeur basilica in the Montmartre district of Paris, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. France is deploying 12,000 police officers to enforce a new curfew coming into effect Friday night for the next month to slow the virus spread, and will spend another 1 billion euros to help businesses hit by the new restrictions. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

7.) A European magistrate urged more scrutiny Thursday on whether Spain’s tax laws unfairly benefit its top soccer clubs, which are among the world’s best and most profitable teams.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks down during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Sevilla and FC Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Friday, June 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Angel Fernandez)

8.) Polish and Hungarian taxes on businesses based on how much money they taken in rather than profit do not violate EU regulations, an adviser to the union’s top court said on Thursday. 

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. (Molly Quell/Courthouse News)

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