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Afternoon News Update, 4/20/21

By Jackie Park

In local news, an App State senior is running for a seat on Boone Town Council. The Appalachian reported that Dalton George, an economics major and president of the App State College Democrats is running to fill a seat that will be up for grabs in November. George says he’s running to continue work on initiatives he’s already involved in. He has worked closely with the Boone Town Council on several pieces of legislation like an unfair housing resolution and a ban on anti-homeless architecture.

In state news, former North Carolina governor, Pat McCrory announced last week that he will run for outgoing U.S. Senator Richard Burr’s seat in 2022. The Charlotte Observer reported that McCrory’s time as governor is highly connected to HB2, also known as the bathroom bill. This bill limited LGBTQ protections and ended in economic consequences for the state. McCrory is said to be running against former U.S. Representative Mark Walker, U.S. Representative Ted Budd and Lara Trump, former President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law on the Republican side.

In national news, all adults 16 and older in the United States are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. The New York Times reported that all states met President Joe Biden’s goal to open vaccination to all adults by April 19. At least half of all U.S. adults have had at least one dose of the vaccine as of Sunday.

Now, here is your report. Today we’ll see a high of 63, a low of 40, and mostly sunny skies.

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