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Under current North Carolina law, if a 16- or 17-year-old enters a store, puts a candy bar in his/her pocket and leaves, then that individual, if caught, will automatically be prosecuted as an adult. North Carolina is one of two states in the country that allows a child to be tried as an adult after committing a misdemeanor.

For years, advocates of changing the law have pushed for new legislation and on May 21, the N.C. House of Representatives agreed when a bi-partisan majority voted in support of House Bill 725 "Raise the Age" of juvenile jurisdiction.

“This is some great news,” said Deby Dihoff, executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) N.C. after the news came in. “Please send thank yous to Marilyn Avila, the representative from Raleigh who championed this bill. This took years, but it got done.”

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RALEIGH – The 2014 short session of the North Carolina General Assembly started Wednesday, May 14, with the prospect that this year it may indeed be a short one.

The return of the General Assembly also means the return of Moral Monday protests, which will likely keep the heat on legislators as they deal with a widening hole in the state budget and as they sort through competing plans on everything from coal ash cleanup to teacher pay.

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More than 1,200 free rescue kits have been dispensed since August 1, 2013

The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) is saving lives and bringing overdose victims back from the brink of death with its community-based Overdose Prevention Program (OPP). The OPP provides free overdose reversal kits and training to those likely to experience or witness an overdose. Since this program became fully operational on Aug. 1, 2013, NCHRC has dispensed 1,249 overdose rescues kits, and 50 individuals have reported they successfully administered naloxone, the antidote for opiate overdose. To advance these efforts Full Circle Recovery Center, LLC in Franklin, NC, an NCHRC Naloxone Contractor, will be distributing overdose rescue kits in Macon, Jackson, Haywood, Swain, and Cherokee counties.

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Wikipedia falsely listed heart attack as cause of death.

On Friday morning while visiting family in Virginia for the holiday weekend, North Carolina Senator Jim Davis was bombarded with phone calls from friends concerned about his well being. After answering a call from Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale, Davis learned that people in Western North Carolina thought he had died of an apparent heart attack.

“I had no idea what was going on,” Davis said Friday afternoon. “People were calling to see if I was alive, and I looked in the mirror, and sure enough, I am doing ok.”

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