Referendum

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Voters in about a dozen rural counties approved loosening the restrictions on alcohol sales  this week. Consumers will now be able to purchase malt beverages and mixed drinks at area ABC stores.

Most of the changes occurred to the west. Over the years the state has "gone wet" (allowed alohol sales) from east to west.

Photo: The old Jackson County Courthouse in Sylva, N.C.
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North Carolina will move one step closer today to allowing people accused of a crime to waive the right to a trial by a jury of peers and instead choose to be tried by a judge.

A proposed constitutional amendment, which is scheduled for a public hearing March 17 in Raleigh, would allow any criminal defendant except for someone facing the possibility of death the right to waive a jury trial.