In July 2013, the office of Gov. Pat McCrory announced the sudden resignation of his public safety secretary after only six months on the job.
The statement said Kieran Shanahan was leaving to spend more time with his wife and focus on his law firm, but persistent whispers around the state capital suggested there was more to the story.
In response, The Associated Press filed a public records request that September for emails Shanahan sent or received while secretary.
Nearly 19 months later, AP is still waiting.