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Afternoon News Update, 3/10/21

By Mickey Hutchings

In campus news, The Appalachian reports that the Student Government Association is once again pushing for a pass/no credit option this semester. Pass/no credit allows students to choose if their final class grades are reflected by letters or merely whether or not they got credit and passed a class on their transcripts. App State issued a pass/no credit option for the past two semesters due to the learning challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The university has not officially announced plans to offer the option this semester.

In state news, North Carolina has administered 1.1 million COVID-19 vaccines, according to The Appalachian. In a news conference yesterday, Governor Roy Cooper said that North Carolinians should remain vigilant in fighting against the virus, reminding people to wear masks, maintain social distancing and follow other state safety guidelines. Bloomberg news reports that North Carolina is one of the best performing states for distributing vaccines equally among Black and white residents based on demographic data. According to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, 16.2% of the Black population and 76% of the white population has been vaccinated.

In national news, The New York Times reports that president Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package is just hours away from being passed. The House is slated to send the plan to Biden’s desk today, coming just seven weeks into his presidency. The Times says that the country is on course to overcome the worst of the virus that has claimed the lives of more than half a million Americans. Republicans have criticized the almost $2 trillion package, calling it wasteful, but a recent Pew Research poll shows that nearly 70% of Americans support the bill.

And now for your afternoon weather update courtesy of The High Country is welcoming milder weather today, with clear skies and nice temperatures. Today’s high is 62 degrees and the low is 40 degrees.

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