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Afternoon News Update, 3/2/21

By Jackie Park

In campus news, some App State Athletics fans were allowed back in stands over the weekend.

The Appalachian reported that sports venues, like Holmes Convocation center, can welcome fans back after Gov. Roy Cooper eased restrictions related to capacity last week.

Outdoor sports venues can seat 30% of their capacity and indoor venues that can seat at least 5,000 people can bring 15% of their fans back.

Cooper also relaxed some capacity restrictions in bars, restaurants and other businesses across the state.

In state news, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill Monday that would require all North Carolina schools to reopen

WFAE reported that under the bill, North Carolina’s 115 K-12 schools would have to offer at least some in-person instruction.

Cooper said that the bill, proposed by Republican lawmakers, threatens public health, which explains his veto.

The bill could still pass if enough Democratic lawmakers vote to overturn the veto.

In national news, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine approved for emergency use this week is rolling out to health departments across the country.

NPR reported that Johnson & Johnson has 4 million doses headed to spots across the U.S., and 83,700 of those doses are coming to North Carolina.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is considered a game changer because it doesn’t require a second shot and doesn’t need the super-cold storage other vaccines on the market require.

Now, here is your report. Today we’ll see a high of 45, a low of 27, and lots of sunshine.

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