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NC panel wants more workers to talk on DOT letters

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina senator wants to hear from more state employees before deciding how to respond to Gov. Bev Perdue's administration officials changing letters from a Department of Transportation executive without his approval.

Sen. Tom Apodaca said Tuesday he's asking two transportation workers and Perdue Deputy Chief of Staff Kevin McLaughlin to visit the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday and speak about letters sent this month to legislators about two toll road projects.

The letters attributed to DOT Chief Operating Officer Jim Trogdon appeared to reverse his earlier statement suggesting $63 million were not needed next year for the projects. Trogdon later disavowed the letters and said his digital signature had been added.

Apodaca said he wants the committee to decide Thursday what action - if any - to take.

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