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Afternoon News Update, 10/19/20

By Jackie Park

In campus news, App State’s fall commencement will take place virtually this year, Interim Provost Heather Norris announced this morning. The Appalachian reported that the announcement comes after App State told spring graduates they’d have the opportunity to walk in December. According to the commencement website, the Registrar’s Office will provide additional details as they become available. Commencement will take place on Friday, December 11.

In state news, presidential candidate Joe Biden visited the Tar Heel State Sunday. The News & Observer reported that Biden spoke to a socially distanced crowd that stayed in their cars at a Durham high school. Biden spoke for just under 20 minutes criticizing President Donald Trump and emphasizing the importance of voting. President Trump and his family are scheduled to visit North Carolina several times this week, including stops in Fayetteville, Raleigh, Arden and Kernersville.

In national news, Colorado is facing the largest wildfire in its history, the Cameron Peak Fire. The New York Times reported that the fire, which has been burning since August, has engulfed more than 8,000 acres as of Sunday. Scientists say the growing intensity and frequency of wildfires is bringing into question the sustainability of living in regions like Colorado.

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