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02/16/2023 PM News Break

By Andrew Rice

In local news, a flag with a swastika was draped over the Temple of the High Country sign Wednesday night. According to the Watauga Democrat, Boone Police responded to a call at the Temple of a person waving a flag with a swastika out front. Once officers arrived at the scene, they found a flag with a swastika draped over the Temple of the High Country sign but were unable to locate the person who was allegedly waving it. The incident is under investigation.

In state news, The North Carolina senate voted to repeal the state’s pistol permitting law on Thursday. According to WRAL, the law could allow North Carolinians to no longer need their local Sheriff’s permission to buy a handgun. The bill will now go to the state House where Republicans have proposed a similar bill. Republicans cited the current law for Sheriff approval as “arbitrary.” Meanwhile, Democrats cited concerns that repealing the state’s pistol rule will allow people with a history of domestic violence or serious mental health problems, to get a gun by avoiding a background check.

In national news, Susan Wojcicki is stepping down as CEO of YouTube. According to the Associated Press, after nine years with the company, Wojcicki announced in a blog post Thursday that she was now going to spend time “focused on my family, health, and personal projects I’m passionate about.” In her place, Neal Mohan will become the new CEO. Wojcicki said that she would help with the transition process but in the long term she would take an advisory role across Google and Alphabet, which own YouTube.

And now for a special weather report powered by Today has been another warm day with a high of 62 and a low of 45. Conditions have been mostly cloudy throughout the day. Rain is expected to develop tonight with some possible thunder so stay dry!

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