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Afternoon News Update, 3/23/21

By Jackie Park

In campus news, App State students can anticipate a fall semester that is “closer to fall 2019.” The Appalachian reported that Chancellor Sheri Everts’ most recent campus wide email hinted at a return to normalcy on campus, with in-person classes and events, and fully occupied residence halls. The announcement comes as App State hosted its first vaccine clinic almost 2 weeks ago.

In state news, the number of people enrolled at North Carolina’s community colleges has dropped this year. WFAE reported that enrollment in the state’s community college system was down 17% last semester. The system’s president, Thomas Stith, says he believes the decline is a combination of students feeling unsafe taking in-person classes and more prospective students having to pick up extra jobs and household responsibilities due to the pandemic. Stith says he expects enrollment to rebound in the next year.

In national news, the state of Colorado is mourning after the United States’ second mass shooting in one week shook Boulder yesterday. NPR reported that a gunman killed 10 people at a local grocery store, including a police officer who responded to the shooting. Police have not released the name of the suspect; however, it did release the ten names of those who were killed. Those names are: Denny Strong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Officer Eric Talley, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62 and Jody Waters, 65, according to CNN.

Now, here is your report. Today we’ll see a high of 54, a low of 45, and partly cloudy skies.

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