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Afternoon News Update, 3/30/21

By Jackie Park

In campus news, yesterday, candidates for student body president and vice president masked up to face off in the first and only debate of their campaigns. The Appalachian reported on the debate, in which Adam Zebzda and Jenn Banh are running for president and vice president, respectively, against Bailey Gardin and DJ Evans. The debate covered everything from moving forward from COVID-19 to internal debates about SGA’s rules and conflict. Voting opens tomorrow at 12 p.m. and will run through April 5 at 2 p.m.

In state news, members of the North Carolina House of Representatives are hoping to repeal an element of the state constitution left over from Jim Crow. WFAE reported that lawmakers are hoping to do away with a voter literacy test that’s still written into the constitution. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed these kinds of tests after they were used to keep Black people from voting for more than 65 years. But, in 1970, North Carolinians overwhelmingly voted to keep the language in our state constitution. Three-fifths of the House and Senate would need to agree to overturn the writing.

In national news, the governor of South Dakota created executive orders designed to limit participants of women’s and girls’ sports to those assigned female at birth. NPR reported that Gov. Kristi Noem tweeted “only girls should play girls’ sports.” These executive orders come as a “temporary fix” to similar legislation the state legislature produced that the governor sent back after deciding it wouldn’t contend in legal battles.

Now, here is your report. Today we’ll see a high of 61, a low of 48, and partly cloudy skies.

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