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02/15/2023 AM News Break

By Andrew Rice & Nick Goodman

In local news, WAMY’s community action director has announced she will retire effective July 1, 2023. According to theWatauga Democrat, Melissa Soto worked as the community action director for 31 years. Established in 1964, WAMY was the first human-service non-profit to come to the High Country’s four county area of Watauga, Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties. WAMY’s mission is to partner with families and communities to provide the disadvantaged the support they need to become self-sufficient. Soto began working with WAMY as a case manager in a job training program in 1992 before being named executive director of WAMY in 2012.

In state news, law enforcement found two guns at schools in central North Carolina on Tuesday. According to WRAL, Wendell Middle School in Wendell and Fairview Elementary School in Rocky Mount both had incidents with students in possession of a gun. At Wendell Middle School, one student reported to a teacher that a fellow peer had possession of the gun before it was confiscated and local law enforcement was notified. At Fairview Elementary School, a six-year old was found with an unloaded 9 millimeter handgun in his backpack. Administrators called police, secured the backpack and removed the child from the classroom before law enforcement arrived. No students were harmed at either school.

In national news, Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and United Nations Ambassador announced her candidacy for president Tuesday. According to the Associated Press, Haley is the first major challenger to former President Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican Nomination. In her tweeted announcement video, Haley cited the country’s economic troubles and the need for “generational change.” Haley is 51 and if elected would be the first female president and the first U.S. president of Indian descent as the daughter of two Indian immigrants.

Now to sports.

App State basketball is playing their final two home games of the season this week. They will play Texas State this Thursday at 6:30, and they will play against Ole Dominion this Saturday at 4. They are looking to recover from a rough stretch where they lost three of their last four games, and even though a first round bye seems unlikely with only four games left, they will still try to earn a better seed in the conference tournament.

The NBA All Star Break is approaching, which means All Star Saturday is coming back. Watch players like Damian Lillard compete in the three point contest and players like Trey Murphy compete in the dunk contest this Saturday.

In NFL news, the Arizona Cardinals have found their new head coach. Former Eagles offensive coordinator Johnathan Gannon was hired to be the Cardinals head coach. He signed a five year contract to replace Kliff Kingsbury, who was fired in January after going four years without winning a playoff game.

And now for a special weather report powered by Today is going to be a very warm one with a high of 62 and a low of 47 with lots of cloudiness.

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