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Michigan high court: Virus orders invalidated immediately

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The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's request to delay by 28 days the effect of its decision striking down a law she had used to keep intact sweeping orders designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Justices voted 6-1 Monday against halting the precedential effect of its opinion until Oct. 30. They also reaffirmed their initial 4-3 ruling that declared a 1945 emergency powers law unconstitutional - this time in a lawsuit brought by the Republican-led Legislature. Whitmer, a Democrat, has reinstituted mask requirements and other restrictions through orders issued by the state health department.