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In first week as governor-elect, Pat McCrory heads to Las Vegas

UPDATED: Pat McCrory won the governor's race and now he's headed to Vegas to party.

Well, not entirely. The governor-elect is traveling to Sin City on Tuesday for the Republican Governors Association annual conference, which runs Wednesday through Friday, a spokesman said.

McCrory is sure to be celebrated as the only Republican to flip a governor's mansion from blue to red. But the conference is ostensibly agenda-focused with policy and political meetings intended to orient new governors like McCrory and hone the larger GOP message. Republicans now hold 30 state governorships -- the most since 2000.

Audit finds fault with UNCG contractor

A UNC-Greensboro vice chancellor inappropriately hired a technology contractor who was paid $431,925 in state money over two years, including $65,000 in expenses for commuting to Greensboro from Los Angeles and Las Vegas, according to a state audit released today.

The payments included $212,000 in student fee revenue to the contractor, whose billing rate was raised from $150 to $200 an hour during the period, Jane Stancill reports. The contract was executed by the vice chancellor for information technology services without following university procedures, the audit said.

The job, which was to ensure that a new administrative computing system was implemented on time, was not posted nor competitively bid. The university's top legal and business officials did not review the contract in violation of university procedure.

The vice chancellor who approved the contract was not named in the audit, nor was the independent contractor.

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