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DURHAM, NC (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory attributes the omission of Duke Energy shares he previously owned from his annual disclosure form to a misinterpretation by his attorney.

But McCrory says he was trying to be transparent by leaving off company shares and announcing their sale this spring.

The governor explained to reporters Thursday why he filed an update this week to his disclosure form.

The statement he filed in April left off Duke Energy shares he owned at the end of 2013. McCrory says his legal counsel misread the instructions. The governor says he has not broken any rules and was upfront about selling the shares.

He worked for Duke for nearly 30 years. His administration is now working on a coal ash cleanup plan at Duke plants.

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