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Afternoon News Update, 2/4/21

By Sophia Lyons

In local news, queer artist and App State grad Tony Sharp owns and operates the Shop GayGarbage Etsy store, selling their embroidery, digital art and stickers. The Appalachian reports that Sharp started embroidering to make a gift for their partner in quarantine, others suggested Sharp start selling their art and Shop GayGarbage was born. Since July, the shop has sold around 50 pieces and 15 commissions for digital art.

From around the state, the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is not issuing any more specialty license plates with the Confederate battle flag. WRAL reports that the Confederate flag license plate was issued to the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization, and the moratorium took effect the first of the year. The removal comes six months after the DMV acknowledged the flag may offend some people, determining it was inappropriate for license-plate display. License plates are property of the state.

In national and international news, several other potential COVID-19 vaccines are being shown to prevent getting sick and reduce instances of serious illness in those who do. The New York Times reports the AstraZeneca vaccine and Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine are effective against Covid illnesses and reduce the number of people who develop severe symptoms. However, as with the other vaccines, the caveat is they take a few weeks to become fully effective.

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