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Afternoon News Update, 4/22/21

By Clyde Cohen

In campus news, The Appalachian documents that the Academic Policies and Procedures committee (or the AP&P) has officially voted in denial of giving students the pass/fail class credit system that has been offered throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The final decision denying pass/no credit was officially made last night by Interim Provost, Dr. Heather Norris.

In local news, The Watauga Democrat reports that the eclectic One Shot Café has officially opened in Banner Elk, North Carolina as the newest coffee shop in all of Watauga County. Located within a fascinating atmosphere, the owner, Sandy McPhetridge, claims to have first encountered the shop’s 1860s building while camping at Grandfather Mountain- immediately inspired to open a cafe that retained the timeless aesthetic.

In national news, Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murder after the recent court date corresponding with the death of George Floyd. Being officially charged with manslaughter, third-degree murder, and second-degree murder, The Wall Street Journal outlines the events of the case and delineates how guilty verdicts against police officers like Chauvin are often of rare occurrence. CNN also reports that Derek Chauvin’s sentencing has yet to transpire and will do so in eight weeks.

Collected from, Thursday is expected to be colder and partly cloudy with a low of 27 and a high of 47. Anticipate gusty winds slowing down by Thursday night.

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