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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Former US Rep. Bob Etheridge is moving from one state job to another, this time helping fellow Democrat Gov. Bev Perdue manage North Carolina’s recovery efforts following Hurricane Irene.

Perdue appointed Etheridge on Friday as a special adviser on the storm – a job that’s expected to last three months. He’ll step down as head of the state Office of Economic Recovery and Investment, where he’s been since February. That office oversees North Carolina’s share of the federal stimulus program.

Etheridge is from Harnett County and served seven terms in Congress before losing to Renee Ellmers last November. He’s also a former superintendent of public instruction.

The North Carolina Rural Center will foot the bill for his salary, prorated at Etheridge’s current $98,500 annual salary.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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