PM News Break 10/8/21
By: Devin Stewart
In local news, The Appalachian reports Boone and App State are aiming for a carbon-free town by 2050. In January, The Boone Town Council came up with a five step process for eliminating carbon emissions. One major area of focus for reducing carbon emissions is to “green” the electricity and energy being burnt. If budget constraints allow, Boone plans to purchase cleaner energy sources of hydropower and solar power. Boone also wants to see no carbon emissions associated with government-operated vehicles, such as buses and snow plows. Appalcart is expected to have their first electric bus by January. App State’s switch to carbon free power will begin in January.
In North Carolina News, The NC State Fair is set to return Thursday, Oct. 14, according to the Raleigh News and Observer. However, things may be different than years prior. Fair goers can expect a more “scaled-back” version of vendors and exhibits, as some have opted not to set up this year as the COVID-19 crisis continues. Vaccinations and masks are not required, but are strongly encouraged if you plan venturing out to the fairgrounds. You should also be aware that the NC State Fair has implemented a “clear bag” policy. Fair officials encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a fun and safe experience.
In national news, Pfizer asked the US Government to allow use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11, according to the Associated Press. If approved, vaccinations could begin within weeks for roughly 28 million U.S. children. Children ages 5 to 11 would receive one-third the regular amount of dosage. Children under the age of 12 years old are currently not authorized to receive any COVID-19 vaccination.
This afternoon’s weather report is brought to you by booneweather.com. Keep your umbrella and rain jacket handy. Periods of rain will continue Friday with the rain tapering off by evening. Expect a high of 66 degrees and a low of 55 degrees.