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AM News Break 9/24/21

Updated: Sep 27, 2021

By: Elena Vegso

In local news, the Watauga Democrat has reported that the popular student housing complex, The Cottages of Boone, released 4,725 gallons of untreated sewage into the Laurel Fork Creek on September 15th of 2021. This is the second time this year that the Cottages of Boone has released untreated wastewater into Laurel Fork Creek, with the first incident occurring on April 23, 2021. Both of these occurrences were blamed on an equalization tank overflowing during maintenance.

In national news, the remains of 22 year old Gabby Petito was confirmed to be found in a Wyoming National Forest on Sunday, September 19th. The FBI autopsy ruled the cause of death to be homicide. This highly publicized missing persons case highlights to many, the over 710 Native American women who have gone missing in the same area over the past decade, none of which have received comparable media coverage. According to NPR, Indigenous peoples have accounted for over 20% of the murders in Wyoming despite being only 3% of the state's population. Activists hope to encourage the public to approach these cases with the same amount of fervor as Petito’s case.

In world news, China announces that they will stop funding new coal plants abroad in attempts to “tackle” global emissions contributing to climate change. Under China’s Belt and Road initiative they have funded coal projects in countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia. BBC News reports their goal is to now focus on green low-carbon energy in efforts to achieve China’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2060.

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