City of Trinity votes down alcohol sales

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    TRINITY, NC (AP) — A North Carolina city has rejected a chance
    to allow stores to sell beer and wine and restaurants to sell mixed
    drinks.

    The High Point Enterprise reports that unofficial election
    results showed about 54 percent of voters were against selling beer
    and wine, and 57 percent were against allowing an ABC store.

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    Only about a quarter of Trinity’s 5,400 eligible voters went to
    the polls.

    Supporters urged approval in hopes of encouraging more business
    development such as grocery stores in the city. Opponents say the
    city didn’t need to bring in something they see as a vice.

    The Randolph County city briefly legalized alcohol in 1997 but
    quickly reconsidered. Residents last voted on allowing alcohol in
    2007, also defeating the measure.

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