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for Independent Weekly Vol. 27 Issue 28, July 2010
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The decision by UNC-TV to comply with the Senate Judiciary II Committee’s request to hand over footage being used to produce a documentary program has many upset. NC-TV reporter Eszter Vajda was preparing a documentary Alcoa’s effect on the Yadkin River. Critics believe her findings were suppressed. The state and Alcoa have been fighting over control of dams and power plants on the river.
The North Carolina House rejected a bill that would have prevented cities and towns from providing their own broadband services. The bill was passed by the Senate. Rural areas and small towns are often not provided high-speed internet by telecommunications companies. Cities and towns can now privately complete projects instead of having to wait for companies to install the technology in their area.
Durham’s mentoring program Durham Companions’ recent history is detailed. The group has experienced some poor leadership lately and was in threat of being defunded. The group has a strong history of mentoring troubled youth in an attempt to increase school attendance and reduce juvenile crime. Funding has been cut by the state, but after some criticism by Durham’s county commissioners, the group will continue to receive funding and mentor youth.