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Nation Digest: S.C. Governor Reluctantly Requests Stimulus Money

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

SOUTH CAROLINA

Governor Reluctantly Seeks Stimulus Funds

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) requested stimulus cash for the state's schools Monday, telling the U.S. education secretary that he was doing so under duress.

The e-mail request to Arne Duncan for $700 million in bailout money caps months of criticism by Sanford of the $787 billion federal stimulus package. The state Supreme Court ordered him Thursday to follow a state budget law and request the money.

Sanford complained to Duncan that the stimulus bill leaves future taxpayers picking up the tab for today's problems and created budget problems down the road.

-- Associated Press

NORTH CAROLINA

University Fires Wife Of Former Governor

North Carolina State University eliminated former first lady Mary Easley's $170,000-a-year job Monday, as newly released documents indicated that her husband, former governor Mike Easley (D), was involved in her hiring.

The termination of Mary Easley's contract capped months of questions about the job, including some raised by federal investigators.

It also came after resignations of top university officials, including Chancellor James L. Oblinger, who announced Monday that he was stepping down.

E-mails between school officials and a senior adviser to Mike Easley made public Monday suggested that he had served as an intermediary between his wife and the university when the school hired her.

An attorney for the Easleys had no immediate comment.


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