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Afternoon News Update, 3/19/21

By Stephen Leverton

In local news, The Appalachian reports that a fire broke out in Raven Rocks Hall Thursday afternoon. The fire started in the laundry room and only damaged the dryer and a mattress cover inside the dryer. Students were evacuated for over an hour and a half. No other damage was done by the fire.

In state news, The News & Observer reports that Google will open a new engineering hub in Durham in the next two months. Google plans to create at least 10,000 jobs in Durham and invest $7 billion in offices this year. The company is expected to hire its first employees within the next two months. Governor Cooper praised Google for coming to Durham, saying “Durham, North Carolina will help define the future of cloud computing.”

In national news, NPR reports that the United States will have reached 100 million Covid vaccinations by Friday, March 19th. President Biden’s original goal was to have 100 million shots in American arms by the 100th day of his presidency. Since being in office, the U.S. has seen an average of 2 to 3 million shots distributed per day. Biden also states that all adults 18 and up should be eligible for the vaccine by May 1st. As we all reach closer to the end of the line, please remember to wash your hands, wear a mask, and stay 6 feet away from others.

Your Boone weather is brought to you by Friday’s weather is mostly cloudy with rain and snow mix throughout the day. High today is 46 and the low is 24.

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