Morning Briefing Jan. 3, 2021: Businessman, wife, son killed in Lyon Township plane crash, US virus death toll hits 350K, Republicans work to overturn Joe Biden’s victory

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Sunday, Jan. 3, 2020 Morning Newscast

Businessman, wife, son killed in Lyon Township plane crash

The former president of the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan, David S. Compo, his wife Michelle and their son Dawson died in a Lyon Township plane crash Saturday.

The small plane crashed into a home on Saturday in Lyon Township with all three on board. Fortunately, the family of five who lives in the home made it out safely.

US virus death toll hits 350,000; surge feared

The COVID-19 death toll in the United States has surpassed 350,000 as experts anticipate another surge in coronavirus cases and deaths stemming from holiday gatherings over Christmas and New Year’s.

Congress opens new session as COVID-19, Biden’s win dominate

Congress is preparing to convene for the start of a new session, swearing in lawmakers during a tumultuous period as a relative handful of Republicans work to overturn Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump and the coronavirus surge imposes limits at the Capitol.

Coronavirus in Michigan 🦠

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 497,127 as of Saturday, including 12,598 deaths, state officials report.

Saturday’s update includes 8,983 new cases and 265 additional deaths recorded over a three-day period. The state of Michigan has not provided an update on cases and deaths since Wednesday, Dec. 30 due to the holiday.

Over the three days -- Thursday, Friday and Saturday -- an average of 2,994 new COVID cases were recorded each day. An average of 88 new virus deaths were recorded each of the three days.

The state has reported a total of 363,611 recoveries from the virus as of Dec. 30.

New: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Jan. 3, 2021

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