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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hundreds of times a year across North Carolina, officials who control everything from the taxes you pay the city to the tuition required to attend public universities meet behind closed doors to conduct sensitive business on behalf of the public they serve.

Requests for NC Public Records Results in Long Waits, Fees

Mar 16, 2015
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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.

NCDOT Charging to View Public Records

Feb 3, 2015
Dave DeWitt; North Carolina Public Radio WUNC

In what one group is calling a violation of state law, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is charging fees to view public records.  The Southern Environmental Law Center made a request to view public documents related to Governor Pat McCrory’s 25-year transportation plan and a proposed billion-dollar transportation bond.  SELC attorney Kym Hunter says they were told they would have to pay a fee of $468 to view the files.