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10/21/2022 AM News Break

Updated: Nov 8, 2022

By Holly Hodges

In local news, the Boone Police Department will be introducing a new social work program with the goal to bridge the gap between social work and law enforcement. According to reports from the Watauga Democrat, officials hope that the program will be a model for other local similar-sized agencies. Boone Police Chief Andy Le Beau said the police department has been overutilized in the past for mental health emergencies because of their 24/7 immediate response. Le Beau said “by trying something new and innovative, we hope to really better serve the community and kind of fill the gap that’s there now.” Le Beau hopes the program will work by providing resources to people in need of help that law enforcement and social workers are unable to provide.

In North Carolina news, Dave Matthews will be coming to perform in Raleigh to help bring out Democratic voters. According to reports from the Raleigh News & Observer, the “Crash Into Me” singer will perform on October 25 at The Ritz for the North Carolina Democratic Party’s get-out-the-vote concert. According to the Dave Matthews Band Twitter account, Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Cheri Beasley and Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison will be in attendance at the concert. The event is free and begins at 6:30 and ends at 9. The concert is being held in support of Beasley and other democrats on the ballot for the November eighth midterm election. Early voting for the midterms started yesterday and continues through November 5.

In U.S. news, a Vermont town employee has resigned after revealing that they had been lowering the fluoride levels in the town’s drinking water for years. According to reports from the Associated Press, Kendall Chamberlain disclosed that the state fluoride levels have not been within the recommended range for the past decade which came as a shock due to previous reports that stated the levels weren’t within the recommended range for four years . This was revealed in his five page resignation letter he submitted Monday. Chamberlain conceded that fluoridation is voluntary and the levels aren’t mandated. According to state officials, towns that fluoridate municipal water must maintain levels within the state’s recommendations and submit monthly reports to the Health Department.

Today’s weather is brought to you by Ray’s Weather Center at Today is going to be mostly clear and sunny. It’s still going to be cooler, but slightly warmer than it has been this week with a high of 59 degrees and a low of 34 so be sure to bring a jacket with you if you plan on heading out later this evening.

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