The state has released hundreds of text messages sent by a North Carolina Highway Patrol secretary to her trooper boss after several media organizations sued the agency.
But Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Reuben Young didn't release all the messages sent by the secretary, saying he left out the ones staffers felt were personal and didn't concern state business.
Young says if he is pressed he will ask a judge to decide if the personal texts are also public records.
The texts were sent to Maj. Everett Clendenin, who has resigned.
Last week, the Highway Patrol released 2,600 texts Clendenin sent to the secretary. Many of the messages were sent during overnight hours with flirtatious notes calling the recipient "sweetie" or "baby."
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