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04/05/2023 AM News Break

By Andrew Rice & Nick Goodman

In local news, Foggy Pine Books announced Monday that they will be closing on April 15. According to The Appalachian, Max Ruthless, owner of the independent bookstore made the announcement on Instagram after seven years of business. Ruthless said the decision was made due to the consideration of personal health and financial wellbeing. The store has been operating for seven years and has remained at its location on King Street since 2018. The store will be open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. until it closes on April 15. All new books will be discounted 30% off and all used books will be discounted 50% off.

In state news, an astronaut from North Carolina is going to the moon. According to WSOC-TV, Christina Koch is one of the mission specialists who will take the first trip to the moon in 50 years. Koch is from Jacksonville North Carolina but went to highschool in Durham before going on to earn degrees in electrical engineering and physics along with a masters degree in science from North Carolina State University. This is Koch’s second spaceflight with her first being an all-female spacewalk in 2019. The Artemis II mission is tentatively set to launch a crew of four astronauts in November 2024. The spacecraft is set to go up, and perform a flyby of the moon before returning back to Earth.

In national news, Tennessee Republican lawmakers took the first steps Monday to expel three of its Democratic members. According to AP news, Representatives Gloria Johnson, Justin Jones and Justin Pearson led chants in the House floor encouraging protesters advocating for stricter gun laws in the state. The protests are occuring in the wake of a recent Nashville school shooting that killed six people, including three children. The vote is expected to take place on Thursday.

Now to sports.

App State baseball stayed hot, as they beat the UNC Ashville Bulldogs 7-3 yesterday at the Greenwood baseball field. Hayden Cross had a good game at the plate, going 3-5 with an RBI single, and CJ Boyd had two hits, including a triple and an RBI off of a sacrifice fly ball. The win continues a hot streak for the Mountaineers, as they have won three of the past four games. That included a series win at Louisiana this past weekend, which meant that they won their first three conference series for the first time since joining the sun belt. The 16-11 Mountaineers are only four wins off from their win total last year, and will play their next series starting tomorrow at 6PM against Louisiana Monroe in Boone.

College basketball has ended, and a new men’s and women’s champion have been crowned. The UCONN Huskies have won their fifth men’s basketball national championship after beating the San Diego State Aztecs 76-59. The Huskies dominated their competition, winning every NCAA tournament game by double digits on their tournament run. The LSU Tigers won their first ever women’s basketball national championship, defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 102-85. The 102 points in the national championship were the most points scored by any women’s basketball team in a women’s national championship game, and even exceeded any point total by an individual team in a women’s final four game.

This has been your Wednesday morning sports report, and it is now time for your Boone weather report.

And now for a special weather report powered by! Today will be a partly cloudy day with very warm temperatures including a high of 73 and a low of 58.

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