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Afternoon News Update, 2/10/21

By Mickey Hutchings

In App State news, two students created a new place for locals to get around town on the new Ride Beep app. The app, created by Ian Murphy and Banks Nussman, serves as a hub for students and residents alike to provide and get affordable rides around Boone. It also serves as a replacement for the Boone Beeper Facebook Pages. You can download the app on the App Store and the Google Play Store.

In local news, Boone Town Council member Dustin Hicks introduced an anti-discrimination ordinance last month to support the local LGBTQ community. Although nothing is currently in the ordinance, Hicks said that the town is working with attorneys to find out what legal protections are needed for the queer community in Boone and to identify any potential legal hurdles. The town is looking for input from the community to decide what the ordinance should include.

In national news, House impeachment managers will begin their oral arguments against former President Donald Trump today. The House managers hope to draw a direct connection between the former president and the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol last month. According to the New York Times, the prosecutors face a difficult challenge convincing Senate Republicans to vote for conviction. Yesterday, only six Republican senators sided with the Democrats to confirm that the Senate has the grounds to move forward with Trump’s impeachment, although he’s out of office now.

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