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Afternoon News Update, 4/16/21

By Stephen Leverton

Good afternoon this is Stephen Leverton with your 90.5 WASU News Break.

In local news, The Appalachian reports that App State has paused distributing Johnson & Johnson vaccines as the vaccine is investigated regarding blood clots. Instead, the university will distribute Moderna vaccine doses to students and faculty. It’s unclear as to whether or not the distribution of Johnson & Johnson will continue, but the university is working with AppHealthCare to ensure that the clinic stays on track.

In state news, the Associated Press reports that North Carolina legislators are looking to make daylight savings permanent. If passed, this law would make pushing up the hour permanent. While the bill passed the House two years ago, it sits on the NC Senate floor. With a new bill being introduced in the Senate, there’s hope that the bill will pass, improving the quality of life for most people who aren’t able to do outdoor activities due to work or school.

In national news, US News reports that President Biden called for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by September 11th, 2021. This announcement comes as the United States comes into its 20th year in Afghanistan. Biden stated that it was “time to end the forever war” on Wednesday. While it’s unclear whether or not he’ll actually achieve this goal, it would bring the end of a long era of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.

Your Boone weather is brought to you by Friday’s weather is mostly sunny with some clouds later into the day. High today is 56 degrees, low is 36 degrees.

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