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PM News Break 10/29/21

By: Devin Stewart

In local news, The Watauga Democrat reports The Watauga County Farmers’ Market is hosting Halloween at the Market tomorrow. People of all ages are encouraged to stop by anytime between eight a.m. and noon to enjoy a range of activities. Trick-or-treating, a photo booth, and cooking demonstrations are among some of the planned events. The Children’s Playhouse will have other activities for children including pumpkin decorating. Additionally, The Farmer’s Market has partnered with the Watauga Arts Council to host the annual pumpkin carving contest. Entries are due either online or in-person at the Farmer’s Market by 10 a.m. tomorrow. To learn more about the contest and how to register visit the website watauga dash arts dot org.

In North Carolina News, there are encouraging trends when it comes to COVID-19 in our state. WRAL reports the spread of COVID-19 dropped substantially over the last few weeks according to numbers released by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. For the first-time since mid-July the state reported two consecutive days of new daily cases below 15-hundred. Health officials also report a drop associated with clusters in K-12 schools for five straight weeks. State officials continue to urge people to get vaccinated. The state’s latest surveillance report shows unvaccinated North Carolinians are more than four times as likely to get the virus. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 boosters are available to North Carolinians who have already been vaccinated.

In national news, NPR reports Texas is the latest to prohibit transgender K through 12 students from playing on sports teams that align with their gender identity. Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 25 into law Monday. It requires public school students to compete in athletic competitions based solely on their assigned sex at birth. It will apply to all teams “sponsored or authorized” by a school district or open-enrollment charter school. Supporters of the bill say they believe it will prevent trans athletes from having an unfair advantage. Opponents are slamming the bill for targeting trans athletes and limiting their opportunities. The new law will take effect January 18.

This afternoon’s weather report is brought to you by Boone Weather dot com. Don’t forget your rain boots and jacket as another chilly, rainy fall day is expected. It will be generally cloudy with periods of rain especially in the afternoon and evening. Expect high temperatures around 54 degrees and a low of 42 degrees.

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