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Afternoon News Update, 11/12/20

By Stephen Leverton

In campus news, The Appalachian reports that due to low ridership, AppalCart may change their Night Owl service. The service was designed as a way for students to travel safely on late Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. It was also designed to lighten SafeRide’s workload. As the semester progressed, the number of students riding the Night Owl service decreased, barely breaking double digit numbers. There will be a public hearing on January 19th, 2021 to discuss the future of AppalCart’s Night Owl service.

In state news, The Appalachian reports that North Carolina is to stay in COVID restriction Phase 3 . Governor Roy Cooper also limited indoor gatherings from 25 to 10 people. This will be in effect from November 13 through December 4th. As North Carolina’s case count nears 300,000, Cooper encourages citizens to practice social distancing and restructure family events as the holiday season approaches.

In national news, The New York Times reports that the control of the US Senate lies to Georgia’s run-off election. Both races are neck and neck. Currently, 46 Democrats, 2 Independents, and 50 Republicans are in the Senate. With Georgia, either Republicans clinch the Senate majority, or it’s a tie with Democraticly leaning senators. Georgia’s run-off election is January 5th, with early voting starting December 14th.

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