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Afternoon News Update, 2/25/21

By Sophia Lyons

In local news, Boone Town Council has filled vacant seats on the council. The Appalachian reports Virginia Roseman will fill the seat Loretta Clawson previously held on the council after voting for her appointment. The council also voted Connie Ulmer to fill the previously-vacant mayor pro tempore position. Clawson served the town for more than 20 years before her retirement.

From around the state, North Carolina’s top elections administrator urged state lawmakers to push back all 2021 municipal elections to 2022, well as moving the 2022 primaries from March to May because of delayed census data. The Associated Press reports the federal government doesn’t expect census data to be released until September because of the pandemic, even though it was originally due next month. The executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections says many municipalities require the census data first because candidates submit paperwork and voters cast ballots based on the data.

In national news, federal regulators have informed Pfizer they will approve the companies’ request to store their vaccine at standard freezer temperatures, a departure from their previous requirement that comes at the caveat that the vaccine can only be stored for two weeks. The New York Times reports the FDA could announce new guidance as soon as Tuesday, making it easier to store and distribute the vaccine.

Your Boone weather comes from Thursday calls for a mix of clouds and sun, but not as warm as Wednesday for a high in the lower 50s. Thursday night becomes cloudy and chilly overnight for a low in the lower 30s.

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