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North Carolina Dam Safety Program receives award for technology innovations

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality's Dam Safety Program received the Southeast Regional Award for its recent work pioneering and implementing internal software programs and studies to monitor dam infrastructure across the state. The program has "initiated several innovative projects to provide for the safety of dams, reduction of risks and benefits for the state," according to the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, the awarding body.

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Broken elevators in Granville East in the process of getting fixed on are pictured on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023.

'False promises': Residents of Granville Towers face maintenance issues

This week, Granville Towers East has experienced increased maintenance issues within the building. Students say that these issues include broken elevators, HVAC unit and water functioning issues, rusting stairwell handrails and mold. In emails sent to residents, Granville Towers acknowledged recent maintenance issues and provided updates on when they would be addressed in the coming weeks. “The support group and the customer service at Granville Towers is 100 percent lacking," Charlie Fitzgerald, UNC first-year and resident of the complex, said. 

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Brielle Wright, co-owner of The Farmers B.A.G., photographed on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023.

NC farmers aim to make agriculture inclusive for underrepresented communities

Though a third of North Carolina's rural population is comprised of people of color, over 95 percent of North Carolina's agricultural producers are white.  Several organizations and independent farmers in the state are working to make agriculture a more inclusive environment.  “(There is) a misconception that agriculture is only farming, plows, cows, sows and things of that nature, and not aware of the many careers that are available in the agriculture area, that’s the gap,” Paula E. Faulkner, co-director of the MEA Center, said.

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