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Afternoon News Update, 4/15/21

By Sophia Lyons

In campus news, an App State student is bringing a bipartisan voter registration initiative to campus. The Appalachian reports that McKenna Daley has been a fellow with Secure the Ballot since December. Secure the Ballot is a South Carolina organization working to expand voter registration and education among young people. Daley is starting the first campus hub at App State this fall to advocate for voter registration through canvassing and phone banks.

In local news, Boone has its own summer wooden bat baseball league. The Appalachian reports that the Boone Bigfoots league, owned by Bob Wilson, puts all its profits toward the Appalachian State Athletic Scholarship Fund. The Bigfoots play in the Textile League, made of eight teams in North Carolina and Virginia. Players are outgoing high school seniors or college players with eligibility left, and host families in the area house the players.

In national news, President Biden plans to withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. The New York Times reports that nearly 2,400 American troops have died in the war that has cost $2 trillion thus far. Former President George W. Bush ordered the invasion after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Troop withdrawal will begin May 1 and conclude before the symbolic final deadline.

Your Boone weather comes from Thursday will be much cooler with clouds decreasing during the day and gusty breezes with a high in the lower 50s. Thursday night will be gusty and partly cloudy with a low in the lower 30s.

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