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VF Corporation asked to make factory safety pledge

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Factory workers from Bangladesh were in Greensboro Thursday as part of a national tour encouraging garment companies to commit to factory safety.

Akilma Khnam started working for a factory in Bangladesh when she was fourteen. She survived a building collapse last year that killed nearly 1200 people.

“The roof fell onto a machine near me, and the machine fell on me and I was crushed,” she told FOX8. “Three or four others were trapped with me, and they found us twelve hours later and took us to the hospital.”

Khnam was part of an 18-day trip to the United States traveling to promote the Bangladesh Safety Accord, a commitment between brands and Bangladeshi factory unions to implement better conditions.

They want to improve fire safety standards and address structural concerns at the 4,000 factories in Bangladesh. They have the support of 16 universities, and 150 companies have signed the Accord.

Greensboro man has attended all but one Masters in past 55 years

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Masters golf tournament is always played in early April at the August National Golf Club.

The tournament is a sign of spring. Bubba Watson won by three shots this past Sunday. It was his second Masters win. Watching it in person like they have for more than 50 years — four friends, one of whom has attended all but one Masters since the 1960s.

Greensboro City Market returns Thursday

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Greensboro City Market kicks off Thursday, April 17, with nearly 100 vendors and more activities for the public.

Nearly 3,000 people show up for the event every third Thursday of the month and this year the market extends through November.

Executive Director of Triad Local First Luck Davidson said that people can bring their children and pets to the free event in the rail yard on the corner of South Elm Street and Barnhardt Street.

“We think that this market is different than any market that you can go to in the United States because we have our local businesses here,” Davidson said.

Davidson said that the City of Greensboro and Downtown Greensboro, Inc. have been very supportive, offering the stage and generator equipment for the night.

Thursday about 100 volunteers will begin setting up before kickoff at 5:30 p.m.

Somali family reunited in Greensboro after civil war separated them for 10 years

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Four children, separated from their family by the civil war in Somalia, are back with their parents in Greensboro for the first time in 10 years.

Faduma Hersi, the children’s mother, escaped the violence in Somalia with two kids, then came to the United States as refugees in 2007.

Hersi has been working with Elon law students with the Humanitarian Immigration Clinic to bring the rest of her family to Greensboro ever since.

Take a tour inside the huge, empty Carolina Steel building

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Nussbaum Center has received a donation from Steel Industries, Inc. of the huge former Carolina Steel fabrication facility in Greensboro and are now trying to figure out what to do with it.

The approximately 200,000 square foot building sits at 1431 South Elm Eugene Street.

“It is a massive asset and will need to be put to the very best possible use,” said a spokesperson for Action Greensboro.

The Nussbaum Center will offer “vision sessions” April 23 and 26 for community members to come out, tour the building and offer suggestions of how to best use it.

The vision sessions are April 23 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and April 26 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

To register for one of the sessions, click here.

Eastbound lanes of Cone Blvd closed due to wreck, downed power lines

GREENSBORO, N.C. — All eastbound lanes of West Cone Boulevard in Greensboro are closed Wednesday morning due to a wreck and downed power lines.

The power lines were knocked down after a single-vehicle wreck in the area.

The road is closed between Dellwood Drive and Holly Drive.

Motorists should find alternate routes.

Guilford County Schools considering cutting graduation coach positions 

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The Guilford County school system is considering cutting 15 graduation coach positions at the high school level in order to meet budget constraints.

Graduation coaches target students who are not on track to earn a diploma and help them take after school or online classes to catch up.

These coaches also partner with social workers to make home visits and help parents see the importance of attendance and graduation.

Since Eric Rainey began his role as graduation coach in 2007 at Southwest High School, the dropout rate has improved from over 3 percent to 1.15 percent last year.

He and his graduation team helps students understand early on that “not graduating is not an option.”

He hangs pictures in his office on a Wall of Fame to show the students he’s helped over the years.