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Leaked memo may jeopardize group's funding

A group that sent out a memo with tips on how to attack Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican leaders exercised “bad judgment” that could jeopardize its funding, the director of a foundation that finances the group said Friday.

Leslie Winner, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, said she was “surprised and disappointed” by the actions of Blueprint North Carolina. “(Z. Smith Reynolds) believes in robust debate on issues of public importance, (it) does not support attacking people,” said Winner, a former Democratic state senator. “We were disappointed to learn that Blueprint is advocating this strategy…

Luger named UNC counsel

The UNC system has a new top lawyer: Laura Bernstein Luger, who has been an attorney with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice of Durham.

Luger was announced today as vice president for legal affairs and general counsel of the University of North Carolina system. She starts the job Feb. 1 at an annual salary of $225,000, Jane Stancill reports.

Luger succeeds Leslie Winner, who resigned from the post last month to become executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

UNC President Erskine Bowles made the announcement at a meeting of the UNC Board of Governors in Winston-Salem. He described Luger as a seasoned negotiator, mediator, and litigator.

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