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AM News Break 10/21/21

By: Zachary Masters

In campus news, the Marching Mountaineers are making their instruments heard again at athletic events after not performing at any football or basketball games during the 2020-2021 season because of Covid-19 concerns. The marching band’s first time performing this year was at the Bank of America Stadium on September 2nd and have continued to play at every home football game this year. According to The Appalachian, the halftime show that the band regularly performs serves as a tribute to all essential workers who sacrificed so much during the height of the pandemic.

In state news, Governor Roy Cooper signed an energy bill that aims to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases produced by state power plants by 2030. According to CBS 17, Governor Cooper calls this a “New Beginning” for North Carolina. Cooper aims to retire all the coal powered electricity plants early and replace them with a mix of different renewable sources. However, several environmental advocacy groups denounced the bill, stating that it allows too many loopholes for delaying emission goals.

Nationally, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin successfully completed its flight containing several space-tourists, including 90-year old Star Trek actor, William Shatner. According to The Wall Street Journal, the flight lasted around 10 minutes and only carried four passengers to the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere before the passenger capsule safely landed. This also makes William Shatner the oldest person to travel to space.

This morning's weather comes to you from Today, be sure to dress in some Fall-friendly clothes, as temperatures are expected to range from a high of 68 degrees to a low of 50 degrees. Prepare for some potential showers and winds ranging from 5-15 miles per hour.

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