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A bill that would accomplish the No. 1 legislative goal for counties for 2014 was filed this week by Rep. Bryan Holloway of Stokes County. H1107 (Restore Lottery $ for School Construction) would increase to 27 percent the appropriation to counties of lottery funds for 2014-15 and restore the full 40 percent allocation to counties by 2016-17. It also directs that counties receive excess lottery revenues above appropriated levels each year beginning with the 2014-15 fiscal year.

“Restoring the statutes that designate 40 percent of lottery funds to counties for school construction and increasing the appropriation for 2014-15 is counties’ No. 1 legislative goal for this session,” said NCACC Executive Director David F. Thompson. “Funds from the lottery are the only remaining state support for public school capital needs. Counties need the lottery revenues to help keep up with the demand for new construction and renovations to existing facilities to meet the needs of a modern education system.”


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.”


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.


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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