PM News Break 9/29/21
Updated: Oct 1, 2021
By: Stephen Leverton
In local news, The Appalachian reports that Watauga County plans to expand high-speed internet access to locals in the area. The Watauga County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $7 million broadband expansion plan that would help cover most of Watauga County over the next three years. COVID-19 has pushed the need for universal broadband access in Watauga County, as many schools and businesses transitioned from in person to online in 2020 and into 2021. The plan will have four phases and is scheduled to take three years to fully implement internet access countywide.
In state news, the News & Observer reported that a meteor soared over North Carolina’s coast last Friday. The fireball was visible over 40 miles above the ocean and could be seen from people in South Carolina and central North Carolina. NASA estimated that the fireball was traveling up to 32,000 miles per hour and disintegrated after traveling 26 miles in the Earth’s atmosphere. The fireball was one of five reported around the country.
In national news, the Winston-Salem Journal reports that Skittles is replacing the green apple flavored skittle with the original lime flavored skittle, 8 years after the brand discontinued the flavor. Starting in October, Skittle fans will enjoy lime flavored skittles again after years of debating which green flavor was superior. Lime will join the other flavors; orange, lemon, grape, and strawberry in the original pack of Skittles.
Your Boone weather is brought to you by booneweather.com. Wednesday’s weather is partially cloudy as the temperature reaches a high of 75 degrees and a low of 52 degrees. From 90.5 WASU FM, this is Stephen Leverton