AM News Break 10/8/21
By: Elena Vegso
In local news, the Watauga Democrat reports that Boone’s Greenway Skatepark has begun construction. One of the organizers of the project, J. P. Pardy, owner of Recess Skate and Snow shop on 105, estimates the project will take a couple months to complete. This is exciting news for high country skaters as Watauga County has been without a skatepark since 2017.
In state and national news, the Charlotte based company Bank of America has raised their minimum wage to $21 an hour for US hourly employees. The company has consistently raised their minimum wage since 2017, when their minimum was $15 an hour. Bank of America says its next step in their plan is to raise the minimum wage to $25 an hour by 2025. Chief of human resources, Sheri Bronstein, says that the company’s goal is to focus on responsible growth and that requires providing a great place to work, according to the The Watauga Democrat
In world news, NPR reports that tensions between Taiwan and China are worse than they’ve been in more than 40 years. In four days, close to 150 military jets entered Taiwan’s air defense zone. No shots have been fired but the increasing harassment and threat of war raises alarms in the US due to the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 that states the US recognizes Beijing over Taipei as long as China doesn't attack the island. The agreement also states that the US sells arms to Taiwan and will help defend the island. The presidents of both countries have agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement amid tensions.
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