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Perdue aide speaks to NC Senate panel over letters

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A senior adviser to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue says he regrets how changes to letters under a Department of Transportation executive’s signature were handled, but he says there was no attempt to deliberately mislead lawmakers.

Pryor Gibson told the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday he thought the letters sent to legislators last week about funding for two toll road projects were accurate when they were sent. Gibson and a Perdue staff attorney had made changes to a draft by DOT Chief Operating Officer Jim Trogdon.

Trogdon’s digital signature was placed on the final letters. He later retracted their contents as they appeared to reverse his earlier memo on project funding.

Committee chairman Sen. Tom Apodaca said the panel would meet next week to decide to do next in the investigation.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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