10/03/2022 PM News Break
By Holly Hodges
Good afternoon Mountaineers! I’m Holly Hodges with your Monday afternoon news break for 90.5 WASU.
In local news, the town of Boone will offer a free series of evening and nighttime tours of the historic Boone cemetery beginning October 7. According to reports from the Watauga Democrat, the tours will be offered on Fridays in October and Halloween as part of a continuing celebration of Boone’s 150th anniversary. The guided tours will feature various themes such as “Women in Boone cemetery” and “Veterans in Boone cemetery.” As mentioned earlier, the tours will be free but will accept a maximum of 15 people. If you are interested, you can visit the online form at boone-150-dot-com. If you’re unable to fill out the form online, open spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis.
In North Carolina news, four people in the state died as a result of Hurricane Ian this past weekend. According to reports from the New York Times, two died in wrecks, a man who drowned, and another died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Governor Roy Cooper released a statement Saturday adding “we mourn with the families of those who have died and urge everyone to be cautious while cleaning up to avoid more deaths or injuries." In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, the death toll is at 48 now, although the overall death toll could still rise as rescuers continue to search for survivors in Florida.
In U.S. news, the Supreme Court rejected two cases which involved challenges to a bump stock ban enacted during the Trump administration on Monday. According to reports from the Associated Press, the gun attachments allow for semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly, similar to machine guns. The justices declined to hear an appeal from a Utah gun rights advocate as well as one brought by the gun rights group Gun Owners of America. This was done on the Supreme Court’s first day of their new term. The initial ban on bump stocks came in 2019 as a result of the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas where 58 were killed and 850 injured.
Today’s weather is brought to you by Ray’s Weather Center at Boone-Weather-dot-com. Today’s going to be sunnier as clouds continue to decrease in the area following Hurricane Ian. It’s still going to be slightly cooler with a high of 59 degrees and a low of 40 degrees, so be sure to bring a jacket with you if you plan on heading out.