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Submitted by Katelyn Supa on Fri, 03/25/2011 - 7:56am.

RALEIGH, NC(AP) -- Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue is moving ahead with her previously announced plan to consolidate North Carolina state government, but will need support from the Republican-led Legislature to carry it out. Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said Friday the governor would issue an executive order later in the day putting lawmakers on notice about plans to shift more than a dozen agencies and departments into eight Cabinet-level offices. Perdue released details in December and in her budget proposal. Changes would include creating a new Department of Public Safety that would merge the current departments of Correction, Juvenile Justice and Crime Control and Public Safety. Republicans in the General Assembly could reject the plan or initiate their own changes. The executive order was first reported by The News & Observer of Raleigh. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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