Nightside Report Jan. 20, 2021: Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick released from prison, State health officials give update on how Michigan is doing against COVID-19

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View of Detroit from the Windsor sky camera on Jan. 20, 2021 at 9:54 p.m. (WDIV)

US releases former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from prison

DETROIT – Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has served more than seven years of a 28-year prison sentence for corruption crimes, was released from federal prison Wednesday after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman told The Associated Press.

The announcement came in a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of Trump’s White House term that benefited more than 140 people, including rappers, former members of Congress and other Trump allies.

The White House said prominent members of the Detroit community had supported the 50-year-old Democrat’s commutation and noted: “During his incarceration, Mr. Kilpatrick has taught public speaking classes and has led Bible Study groups with his fellow inmates.”

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The latest: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 542,146; Death toll now at 13,905

Metro Detroit weather: Will there be more snow this weekend?

Temperatures are on a mini-swing while snow chances take a break. There are even more questions about the snow at the end of the weekend.

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4 Fast Facts

  • A man whose van was stolen in a violent carjacking in Macomb County is speaking out about the incident. Click here to read more.
  • Police said an 18-month-old found a gun and shot and killed a 5-year-old in Detroit. Click here to read more.
  • High school students within the Utica Community Schools district returned to in-person classes this week amid the COVID pandemic. Click here to read more.
  • Michigan members of the United States Congress participated in the historic Jan. 20 inauguration of now-President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Click here to read more.

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How is Michigan doing in the fight against COVID-19?

The Director of the Department of Epidemiology for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services provided an update on the big picture of how Michigan is doing in the fight against COVID-19. Overall, it’s a story of improvement. Local 4′s Dr. Frank McGeorge has a summary of the report. As many people look to the possibility of restaurants reopening to indoor dining on Feb. 1, the trends in the numbers are of great interest.

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