Afternoon News Update, 11/16/20
By Jackie Park
In campus news, App State is welcoming its first class of GEAR UP students this fall. The Watauga Democrat reported that the GEAR UP program, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs is a federally funded initiative that brings middle schoolers from underrepresented counties college prep classes. These students can eventually attend App State because of their prep work. The university will offer the program for three more years.
In state news, the race for North Carolina Chief Justice is likely headed to a recount, according to the Associated Press. Current state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and challenger Paul Newby were neck and neck all last week. Trailing candidates in a North Carolina statewide race are allowed to request a machine recount when the margin is 10,000 votes or less.
In national news, more than 82,000 people have now come forward with claims of sex abuse against the Boy Scouts of America. The New York Times reported that the accusations come ahead of the deadline for the 110-year-old organization to file for and survive bankruptcy. The number of cases in this suit now far exceeds the number of cases against the Catholic Church.