9/27/22 AM News Break
By Andrew Rice
In local news, App State hosted a celebration in the Schaefer Center for its year's common reading book, “Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian community.” According to The Appalachian, The book, highlights the history of a historically segregated black community in the high country, sheds light on the importance of oral histories in the community. At the event, the Junaluska Gospel Choir of the Boone Mennonite Brethren Church performed hymns for those in attendance in order to emphasize the importance the church had in unifying the Junaluska community. . Since publishing in 2020, the book has sold more than 6,000 copies.
In state news, “The Hill”, a national publication has named North Carolina’s senate race among seven “most likely to flip.” According to the Carolina Journal, the contest to replace Senator Richard Burr will be hotly contested between former Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and Congressman Ted Budd. As of now, Democrats control the Senate with exactly 50 votes and one extra tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris. A “flip” in this seat would mean a win for Beasley. The race is in sixth place behind races in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Ohio.
In national news, Grammy award winning singer Rihanna is set to perform at the SuperBowl halftime show, according to the New York Times. This comes at a time where the NFL enters its first year of a new deal with Apple Music as the primary sponsor of the halftime show, replacing Pepsi. Some are surprised by this move as Rihanna has previously refused to play the halftime show due to the NFL’s treatment of Colin Kapernick. The Superbowl will be held on February 12 at the State Farm Arena in Glendale Arizona.