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Unfortunately for some North Carolinians, the effort to increase the age at which adolescents are charged as adults was halted yet again in Raleigh last week, say legislators.

Earlier this year, legislators introduced Senate Bill 434 to “raise the age” of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18. In previous years, the initiative died in committee in the form of other bills and without bipartisan support. As Republicans have taken the majority in Raleigh, the bill seemed promising for proponents of the initiative, as it gained steam due to the newfound support of Republicans.

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The annual North Carolina sales tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 3, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 5. Shoppers can save money on certain purchases of items like clothing, school supplies and computers. The first sales tax holiday was held in August 2002.

The popular event exempts sales tax from clothing, footwear, and school supplies of $100 or less per item; school instructional materials of $300 or less per item; sports and recreational equipment of $50 or less per item; computers of $3,500 or less per item; and computer supplies of $250 or less per item. Tablet computers and netbooks of $3,500 or less per item qualify; eReaders, do not.

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Candidate garnered 76 percent of vote

One of the closest watched elections in the state was finally settled Wednesday night shortly after 10:30 p.m. With 98 of the state's 100 counties reporting, Mark Meadows was officially deemed victorious over Morganton businessman Vance Patterson in the Republican run-off election for North Carolina's 11th District Congressional Seat.

Meadows, a real-estate investor and businessman currently residing in Cashiers secured the Republican nomination for the November election after defeating Patterson with 17,427 votes, or 76 percent, to Patterson's 5,408.

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Visits Macon County Commissioners during July meeting

Sen. Jim Davis (R-50) visited Macon County Commissioners during their July meeting to give an update on the last session of the North Carolina General Assembly.

According to Davis, as he promised while originally campaigning for the seat he now holds, he wanted to visit county commissioners in each of the eight counties he represents during their board meetings, a task, that according to Davis, no other sitting legislator has ever done.

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