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Afternoon News Update, 3/4/21

By Sophia Lyons

Locally, the AMB Premier Adult Soccer League kicks off March 14. The Appalachian reports that over 12 years, the co-ed league has grown to include more than 300 players on 25 to 30 teams across three divisions. Teams play on half of a regulation soccer field in gold, silver and bronze divisions of decreasing competitiveness. For more information, online search High Country Soccer.

From around the state, front line essential workers can start receiving their coronavirus vaccines yesterday as part of Group 3. WSOC-TV reports that originally, vaccination was slated to begin on March 10 but the approval of a single-dose vaccine and 80,000 more doses coming to the state meant earlier access. North Carolina will open vaccination group 4 on March 24, which will include people with medical conditions that heighten their risk and people in congregate living.

In national news, President Joe Biden expects the United States to have a supply of enough coronavirus vaccines for every American adult by the end of May. The New York Times reports this is a two-month jump from his original expectation, which was enough vaccines for everyone by the end of July. However, federal officials caution against complacency or loosening restrictions because with a fourth variant spreading, cases have stopped declining and more than 2,000 Americans die of the virus every day, more than any point last summer.

Your Boone weather comes from A cold front moves in Thursday for mostly sunny skies and a high in the upper 40s. Thursday night will be mostly clear and colder for a low in the mid 20s.

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