By Devin Stewart
Good afternoon, I’m Devin Stewart and this is your Friday afternoon news break for 90.5 WASU.
Locally, are you looking for plans this evening? The Watauga Democrat reports the second annual Buskers Fest takes place in Downtown Boone from five to eight p.m. Watauga Arts Council started Buskers Fest last year to offer a COVID-safe way to showcase the creative community. Join W-A-C this evening to enjoy bluegrass music, dancing, pottery and much more. Attendees are encouraged to download Venmo or bring cash to the event to tip artists and performers. For more information on the event, you can email events at watauga dash arts dot org.
Around the state, FOX 8 WGHP reports a state trooper was involved in a crash following a multiple county chase. The chase started in Nash County when a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Deputies said the driver took off and led law enforcement on a chase that lasted nearly 20 minutes. The driver crashed near the outskirts of downtown Raleigh. The driver was taken to the hospital before being taken into custody. The trooper was not injured in the crash.
Nationally, NPR reports the Justice Department has recently launched a new initiative aimed at combating unlawful acts of hate across Buffalo. This comes five months after a deadly mass shooting at a Buffalo Supermarket that killed ten black people and injured three others. The new initiative will connect all levels of law enforcement with marginalized communities. The goal is to “build trust” and encourage people to report hate crimes. This new initiative is part of a broader effort by the Justice Department that it plans to launch across all 94 United States attorneys’ offices over the next year.
This afternoon’s weather report is brought to you by booneweather.com. Expect mainly sunny skies with a few afternoon clouds. High temperatures will top out around 69 degrees, before cooling down to 42 degrees overnight.