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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

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