Mary Easley's Job Is Eliminated

The wife of former Gov. Mike Easley has lost her $170,000-a-year position at North Carolina State University.

UNC system president Erskine Bowles announced Mary Easley's termination Monday, hours after the school's chancellor resigned because of the controversy.

Meanwhile, e-mails released by N.C. State indicate the former governor was involved in the school's hiring of his wife, who had refused to step down despite calls from top university officials.

Mary Easley ran a speakers series and an academic center dealing with law enforcement training. She began her tenure at the university as a teacher.

The e-mails were released as Chancellor James Oblinger became the third school official to leave a post in the flap over the job given to Mary Easley.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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