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PM News Break 11/5/21

By: Devin Stewart

In local news, a submitted application looks to bring a new, two restaurant building that would include drive thru windows and a former Boone restaurant according to The Watauga Democrat. The application states one of the restaurants would be Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut was a familiar sight in Boone for more than three decades before closing its doors in October 20-17. The building would be located on Blowing Rock Road in the lot next to Local Lion and across from The Standard student apartments. The other tenant of the building remains unknown at this time.

In state news, WRAL reports a North Carolina man faces up to 20 years in prison after shooting and wounding two people at a meatpacking plant. Bladen County District Attorney Jon David stated in a news release that Jaquante Hakeem Williams was sentenced Monday for the attempted murder of two Smithfield Employees. On November 21, 20-19 officers responded to reports of shots fired at the Smithfield Foods processing facility, about 85 miles south of Raleigh. Williams was identified as the employee who entered the building and shot two workers. Williams eventually surrendered to police after he ran from the plant into a wooded area.

In national news, Zillow announces it will stop buying and renovating homes. NPR reports that, the iBuying service called Zillow Offers has recently been bogged down by labor and supply shortages in the U.S. housing market. The company said Tuesday that it lost about 304 million dollars in the third quarter from the program after buying homes at higher prices than it now expects to sell them. The closure means the company will cut 25 percent of its workforce. The program is expected to wind down over the next several quarters.

This afternoon’s weather report is brought to you by Boone Weather dot com. Grab your winter jacket as you head out this afternoon and evening. Despite partly to mostly sunny skies, temperatures will only top out around 47 degrees with low temperatures falling to 28 degrees.

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