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03/02/2023 PM News Break

By Andrew Rice & Riley Carlson

In local news, the North Carolina Department of Transportation awarded the town of Boone $118,450 to conduct a multimodal feasibility study to identify the best routes to extend the Cross Boone connector. According to the Watauga Democrat, the proposed route will extend the Boone Greenway trail from Pride Drive to Holmes Drive directly across from App State’s campus. Boone was one of 25 North Carolina cities, towns and counties to receive feasibility grants so they can determine whether a new sidewalk, bicycle path or greenway would be a good fit for their communities.

In state news, Apple announced it would be closing its Northlake Mall location in Charlotte after multiple shootings in the area. According to WRAL, employees were notified that the location would be shutting down immediately, despite being open on Wednesday morning. Apple’s website for the Northlake mall location said it would close on Wednesday at 4 p.m. with a new location planned for the Charlotte area next year. In their statement, Northlake encouraged customers to visit the Apple location in South Park Mall.

In international news, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov met briefly at the G-20 summit in India. According to NPR, this is the first interaction between the countries’ top two diplomats since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. In their meeting, Blinken stressed several points including a return to a nuclear control treaty with the U.S., the release of imprisoned U.S. marine Paul Whelan and that the U.S. would support Ukraine in diplomacy with Russia. A spokesperson for Moscow said the meeting was requested by Blinken. The U.S. State Department said the meeting lasted less than 10 minutes.

Now to sports.

Your mountaineer men’s basketball team is playing south Alabama today for a chance at going to the quarter finals of the sun belt tournament, game starts at 12:30. Meanwhile your women’s basketball team is already in the quarterfinals and they play Texas State tomorrow at 8:30 pm. Both are trying to advance to the March madness tournament, and for the men’s team it would be the first time since 2020.

Meanwhile there’s some good NBA action on tonight with a doubleheader featuring the 76ers and the mavericks at 7:30 on tnt followed by the warriors and the clippers on tnt as well 10.

And now for a special weather report powered by! Today is a warm, mostly overcast day with a high of 62 and a low of 47. There is a potential for showers and thunderstorms late tonight so stay dry!

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