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Afternoon News Update, 2/2/21

Updated: Feb 3, 2021

By Jackie Park

In campus news, an App State senior was one of the 26,000 national guard troops that served in Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day.

The Watauga Democrat reported that Lauren Spangler, a psychology major, headed to DC Jan. 17 as a combat medic. She is part of the 883rd Combat Engineering Company.

Spangler said that, luckily, she didn’t even have to open her medical pack.

In state news, the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will no longer issue or renew license plates that don the Confederate flag or any of its variations.

The Charlotte Observer reported that the new policy went into effect Jan. 1.

The DMV issued a statement stating that plates with the flag on them, “have the potential to offend those who view them,” and that the image is inappropriate for display on plates, which are property of the state.

In national news, President Joe Biden is expected to sign several pieces of legislation related to immigration today.

NPR reported that the executive orders are related to reuniting migrant children that were separated from their families at the U.S. border, reforming the asylum system and evaluating changes the Trump administration made to the legal immigration system.

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