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Afternoon News Update, 3/1/21

By Zachary Masters and Stephen Leverton

On Campus, fans are able to return to sporting events and support Appalachian State Athletics in-person. The Appalachian reports that, because of the recent loosening of restrictions on public gatherings under Executive Order No. 195, 30% occupancy is allowed at outdoor sporting events and 15% of a sporting events maximum capacity can attend indoor sporting events. Appalachian State University allowed walk up tickets to be sold at the recent Women’s Basketball game, all the while maintaining social distancing standards.

In local news, Appalachian State has announced a partnership with Banfield Pet Hospital that provides a new 4-year program to train aspiring veterinarians, while also providing veterinarian care to animals in rural areas. The program will require a 70-hour course load that will teach students about veterinary technology as well as 240-hours of practical experience and 55 hours of domain specific coursework. This online program is expected to become a part of the College of Arts and Sciences in the near future.

Nationally, NPR reported that Amazon warehouse workers voting to unionize received the support of President Biden in a video posted on Twitter this weekend. More than 5,800 workers are debating joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and, if successfully created, would be the first Amazon Warehouse union in the United States. President Biden stated that he would maintain his 2020 campaign promise to stand up for workers rights and keep a “strong employment policy” as a part of his agenda.

This afternoon’s weather comes from Expect to see rain throughout the day with a high of 51 degrees. Snow flurries may begin to fall later into the night, accompanied by a low of 21 degrees and gusts of wind ranging from 15 to 45 mph.

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