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Afternoon News Update, 2/19/21

By Stephen Leverton

In community news, The Appalachian reports that App State faculty and students met with climate leader Ayana Johnson on February 11th to discuss the future of climate issues. Johnson talked to the group about the importance of both the Green New Deal and the Blue New Deal. The Blue New Deal focuses on protecting the ocean as a way to combat climate change. Johnson tied social justice with environmental justice, calling for new leadership to achieve both.

In state news, The News and Observer reports that as of February 18th, over 8,000 North Carolina residents are without power as winter weather creeps over the state. Most of the power outages are occurring in the Triad area. With power slowly coming back on, the ice is also affecting the roads and trees. As winter weather continues to affect residents statewide, please be careful when driving on icy roads.

In national news, The Beach Boys sold a portion of intellectual property to Iconic Artists Groups on February 18th, according to Rolling Stone. The band follows other artists who have also sold their rights to companies, including Bob Dylan and Neil Young. While some groups want to hold on to their songs, the Beach Boys see this opportunity to protect and preserve their legacy. As the band approaches their 60th anniversary, they’re excited to see what the future holds for them.

Your Boone weather comes from Friday’s weather is mostly cloudy with fog in the morning. Snow flurries will continue all day and into the night. Highs are in the mid 30s, lows in the mid teens.

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