RALEIGH, N.C. — A proposal to allow price-reducing promotions on alcoholic beverages sold in North Carolina stores was rejected here earlier this month by the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. Opponents contended the proposal would encourage underage drinking. “We're the only state that doesn't allow some sort of coupons” to promote alcoholic beverages, said Andy Ellen, lobbyist for the N.C. Retail Merchants Association, which submitted the proposal. “Opponents argued that it ...

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