State Auditor Testifies About Unreleased Easley Probe

North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood says she has explained to federal grand jury why she did not publicly release an audit that investigated former first lady Mary Easley.

Wood told reporters in Raleigh on Thursday afternoon that she did not face any political pressure to keep the audit private but simply wanted to continue working on the report to ensure that it was solid.

Investigators had asked Wood to testify on whether she had any "business ventures" or financial ties between the Easleys or others mentioned in a federal probe. A spokeswoman for Wood said she had no such ties.

Federal investigators have sent several subpoenas to a variety of state agencies seeking information about former Gov. Mike Easley, his wife's university job and their travel.

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