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More than 4.1 million students were subjected to at least one school lock down during the 2017-18 school year, according to an analysis by the Washington Post.

The big picture: 2018 was a record year for gun violence, including 94 incidents in schools across the United States. Schools are taking more precautions, but students are still being exposed to gun violence. This report quantifies just how many have been impacted.

What they did: The Post reviewed 20,000 news stories and scoured data from school districts across the 31 largest cities in the country.

By the numbers: In total, there were 6,200 lockdowns last year.

  • A typical day saw 16 campuses placed on lockdown.
  • Lockdowns happen in buildings with as few as four students or as many as 5,000.
  • Bomb threats accounted for just 15% of lockdowns. 61% of the lockdowns recorded were related to firearms.

The big picture: "The number of students affected eclipsed the populations of Maine, Rhode Island, Delaware and Vermont combined," The Post reports.

Be smart: That number is likely to be much larger than what is being reported.

  • Many school districts, including those in Detroit and Chicago, don't track lockdowns and hundreds never make the news — "particularly when they happen at urban schools attended primarily by children of color," The Post reports.

Go deeper: Read the piece from The Post.

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Stocks took a hit on Wednesday, with the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrials Average and Nasdaq dropping more than 3% across the board.

Why it matters: The volatility is a break from the stock market grinding higher in the face of spiking coronavirus cases, a stalling economy and gridlocked negotiations over an additional stimulus package.

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The probable path of Zeta, per the National Hurricane Center. Photo: NHC/NOAA

Zeta strengthened on Wednesday afternoon, on track to make landfall along the southeastern coast of Louisiana by the afternoon as a "significant" Category 2 hurricane, per the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Zeta is producing 100-mph maximum sustained winds and stronger gusts. The storm is gaining strength as it heads northeastward at 20 mph. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested a pre-landfall Emergency Declaration in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday.

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France imposes lockdown as Macron warns of overwhelming second COVID wave

French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday a second nationwide lockdown starting Friday to contain the coronavirus.

Why it matters: “(France has been) overpowered by a second wave,” Macron said in a national televised address Wednesday, noting the "new wave will be stronger and deadlier," than the first. The announcement comes after the country saw over 36,000 new cases in the last 24 hours.