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1/24/22 AM News Break

By Zachary Masters

In local news, The Appalachian reports that Watauga County is facing a sizable lawsuit after several treated and untreated wastewater spills occurred from the Cottages of Boone. Adam Zebzda, senior political science major and Boone Board of Adjustment member, filed a complaint December 3rd. Zebzda hopes that a North Carolina Supreme court ruling would allow other current residents of The Cottages of Boone and nearby homeowners to file their own suits. Watauga County states that Zebzda does not have the legal standing as there is “no actionable controversy”. The Cottages of Boone have already had civil penalties of nearly $65,000 leveled against them since an official report of 300 thousand gallons of wastewater being dumped illegally in October of 2021.

In state news, a now nationally ranked sushi restaurant, M Sushi, has been drawing many new patrons to downtown Durham after receiving critical acclaim. According to The Charlotte Observer, the restaurant has been given a 4.9 out of 5 star rating on the popular reservation and review service, OpenTable. The report states, “The result is a selection of spots across the country that constantly serve up creative dishes, unparalleled hospitality, and one-of-a-kind dining experiences for all occasions.” This comes after hearing from over 10 million verified reviews for restaurants all across the country.

In national news, the tragic death of a 13-year old Connecticut student after a fentanyl overdose has many educators hoping for change in their school systems. According to The Associated Press, both local officials and advocacy groups are petitioning for increased training for teachers and students to recognize the signs of an overdose, as well as increasing the availability of the opioid antidote naloxone in case of emergencies. City officials promised Wednesday to put Narcan in all city schools, as part of a wider drug use and overdose prevention strategy and was strongly advocated by Dr. Craig Allen, vice president of addiction services for Hartford HealthCare’s Behavioral Health Network.

Today’s weather comes to you from Today, expect some mild Boone winter weather, as there is a high of 49 degrees and a low of 29 degrees with a light breeze of anywhere between 5-15 miles per hour.

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