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Top eight stories for today including the World Health Organization called for a renewed focus on finding out where the deadly coronavirus came from; South Dakota’s attorney general will likely plead guilty to misdemeanor traffic charges in a fatal hit-and-run case; The Fourth Circuit upheld the Charleston church shooter’s death sentence, and more.

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News


1.) The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday upheld Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof's murder conviction and death sentence, pointing out he confessed to the killings with little sign of remorse.

Dylann Roof enters the Charleston County Judicial Center to plead guilty to state murder charges in Charleston, S.C., in 2017. (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP, Pool, File)


2.) A Republican congressman’s district is expected to be eliminated when Illinois legislators vote to redraw the boundaries of the state's legislative and congressional districts next week.

The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. (Photo by Daniel Schwen from Wikipedia Commons via Courthouse News)

3.) South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg will likely plead guilty to misdemeanor traffic charges in a hit-and-run case resulting in the death of a man who was walking alone along a rural road at night. 

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg addresses supporters Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Sioux Falls, S.D. For Ravnsborg spending Saturday driving hundreds of miles on the state’s roads was not unusual. But by Sunday, it was clear that his latest trip was anything but routine — an investigation was underway that would later reveal he struck and killed a man walking along a rural stretch of highway. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)

4.) In a case that swayed back and forth through the appeals process, the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday upheld an Arkansas law regulating interdistrict school transfers.

(Pixabay image via Courthouse News)

5.) The Sixth Circuit ruled Wednesday that a Michigan city's policy of chalking the tires of parked cars is not covered by the Fourth Amendment's administrative search exception.

(Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay via Courthouse News)

6.) An 11th Circuit panel heard arguments Wednesday heard over whether a golf coach’s kidney disease was directly caused by a drug company’s failure to provide physicians instructions on how to safely use a medication.

(Image by Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay via Courthouse News)

7.) Rejecting speedy trial and due process claims, a Texas appeals court ruled Wednesday that an ex-nurse convicted last year of killing a second young child in the 1980s was not unfairly charged and convicted.

Genene Jones is seen with her attorney Cornelius Cox in 2019. (Daniel Conrad/Courthouse News Service)


8.) Scientists and the World Health Organization on Wednesday said studies into the origins of the deadly coronavirus pandemic must pick up steam to resolve a mystery that has become poisoned by political rivalry between the United States and China.

A worker wearing protective gear and carrying disinfecting equipment walks outside a hospital in Wuhan, China, in February 2021. (Ng Han Guan/AP)
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