The story revealed the details of an investigation into Hagan’s family, which received hundreds of thousands of dollars in stimulus grants – grants which Hagan voted for as a member of the U.S. Senate. The story was the first time that the state’s largest paper, The Observer, had informed their readers of the nascent controversy, but Tar Heel residents had to read it fast. The story was quickly pulled by The Observer. An editor with that publication insisted that their story was based on a memo obtained by the CBS affiliate WBTV which had pulled their bombshell dispatch, forcing The Observer to do the same.
The state’s papers may not be able to ignore the story involving the Hagan family’s alleged ethics violations for much longer. According to a report via a local Fox affiliate, the state of North Carolina is going to launch an investigation into Hagan’s family to determine if they benefited from the senator’s conflict of interest.
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