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Former NC State chancellor going before grand jury

Former NC State University Chancellor James Oblinger appeared before a federal grand jury in Raleigh Wednesday morning. He was summoned to testify about the circumstances surrounding former North Carolina First Lady Mary Easley's employment with the university. Mary Easley's position was terminated last week by the university's board of trustees. Oblinger stepped down as chancellor when a series of e-mails revealed he had more involvement in Easley's hiring than he had previously detailed. Oblinger's attorney said his client is cooperating fully with federal prosecutors. “Dr. Oblinger is not going to comment on this morning's grand jury proceedings, because those are confidential under federal law. What I can tell you is that Dr. Oblinger, from the start through now, has cooperated with this investigation in every way.” The North Carolina State Ports Authority and its chairman have also been subpoenaed by federal investigators. They are reportedly looking into Easleys' activities in Southport.

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I don't know or care what

I don't know or care what Mike Easley has to do with the proposed port near Southport. However one thing is for sure, it will destroy to area and is probably the worst, idiotic idea anybody has ever come up with. I am not against new jobs, but this port deal in the proposed location makes no sense at all.

NC Ports Authority

I've always thought it made sense to follow the money when looking at the proposed NCIT in Southport. Building this port makes no sense. The cost to taxpayers is prohibitive, the environmental impact potentially catastrophic, and there's a perfectly operational port just up river 22 miles. Easley's fingerprints are all over this and one can only hope that the grand jury investigation sheds some light on how (and why) this misguided project ever saw the light of day.


What in the heck does this have to do with the port? Though while your on the subject...why in the WORLD would you want to stop a progressive construction projects that will bring new jobs and new money into your local economy. Lord I am sick of people in this area trying to stop progress.