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McCrory makes ABC appointments

Gov. Pat McCrory made two appointments to the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission on Friday.

He named Greensboro real estate agent Kevin Green and state Department of Agriculture police Chief Joel Keith of Wake Forest.

Green, who contributed $2,250 to McCrory’s campaign, has lived in Greensboro since the 1970s. He is a member of the executive committee of the N.C. Association of Realtors. He is a registered Republican.

Keith, who contributed $1,000 to McCrory’s campaign, has served as president of the N.C. Association of ABC Boards and as a member of the state ABC Officers Association. He is an unaffiliated voter.

BTW: Last month, McCrory appointed former Lt. Gov. Jim Gardner to be chairman of the commission. Gardner is a longtime restaurant executive. He served on McCrory's transition team after the November election.

DMV wiretaps investigated

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Federal authorities are investigating whether the former commissioner of the state Division of Motor Vehicles illegally wiretapped the phone calls of agency employees. George Tatum, who resigned in 2007 amid a corruption scandal, had a special telephone in his office that allowed him to listen in on the calls of his subordinates without their knowledge. The agency's internal affairs director also had a phone set up for secret eavesdropping. (N&O)

IT'S ON ME: The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has widened a probe into possible violations of liquor laws across North Carolina in the wake of a company's lavish holiday dinner for the Mecklenburg County ABC Board. (Charlotte Observer)

MR. CHAIRMAN: Robert A. Collier Jr. of Statesville, a businessman and retired judge appointed to the N.C. Board of Transportation six years ago, was elected chairman of the 19-member board Thursday. (N&O)

Second chances

Say What?
"I'm ashamed of that, and I can't change it."
A.D. "Zander" Guy, appointed as a member of the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission by Gov. Beverly Perdue, a Democrat, on Sept. 16, 2009, referring to his serving three months in prison in 1990 for cheating insurance clients out of nearly $16,000. Gov. Jim Martin, a Republican, commuted the rest of Guy's three-year sentence and later pardoned him.
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