Easley: Staff Told To Improve Relations With Reporters

Gov. Mike Easley says he's told his staff to improve their cooperation with reporters.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Easley mentioned the directive Wednesday in a meeting with the leaders of the North Carolina Press Association and three newspapers.

The governor and his administration were criticized after allegations surfaced that his press office instructed state workers to delete e-mails sent to and from the governor's office. In most cases, such e-mails are a public record that must be saved.

Easley said an internal investigation has turned up no systematic destruction of any messages, but he is concerned the controversy has overshadowed his efforts to fix the state's mental health system.

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