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Gov wants to restore NC Highway Patrol reputation


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Beverly Perdue says she will make every North Carolina trooper sign a code of ethics and will fire any of them that break those rules.

Perdue met Wednesday with the top 160 officers of the beleaguered force and told them she is tired of the small number of troopers engaging in flagrant and obvious misconduct.

The governor says every trooper will undergo ethics training before signing a promise to follow the rules. Supervisors also will have to undergo management training.

Perdue's spokeswoman says the governor doesn't plan to shake up the Highway Patrol's leadership for now.

The patrol has seen a number of troopers resign or be fired for problems ranging from drunken driving arrests to sending inappropriate text messages.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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