Former N.C. gov in felony conviction

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley was convicted of knowingly filing a false campaign report in a deal halting a federal investigation, officials said.

Police: Boy, 3, killed during gun lesson

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man showing his son, 4, how to fire an antique gun shot and killed the boy's 3-year-old brother, authorities said. No charges had been filed.

Ex-N.C. gov's case goes to prosecutor

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A special prosecutor will take over the case of former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley's alleged violations of state campaign finance laws.
Documents: Easley sought donor 'loophole'

Documents: Easley sought donor 'loophole'

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley's campaign sought ways to get around donor limits by funneling money through the Democratic Party, documents indicate.

Witness: Easley used campaign to fix home

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley received free flights worth nearly $88,000 and directed his campaign to pay for home fix-ups, testimony alleges.

Former governor's name linked to fraud

CARTERET, N.C., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A former North Carolina governor was one of the buyers of property whose price was overstated in tax records, a Carteret County official said.

N.C. State probes hiring of gov's wife

RALEIGH, N.C., July 15 (UPI) -- North Carolina State University has announced an internal investigation of the hiring of Mary Easley, wife of former Gov. Mike Easley.

More papers collected in ex-N.C. gov probe

RALEIGH, N.C., May 21 (UPI) -- North Carolina state police say the FBI picked up more records linked to former Gov. Mike Easley as a grand jury met to discuss a wide-ranging criminal probe.

Two dead in U.S. East Coast storms

KENLY, N.C., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Authorities blamed tornadoes for the deaths of two people Saturday in North Carolina.

N. Carolinians elect first female governor

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- North Carolinians elected their first woman governor Tuesday, elevating Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue to the office over Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory.

Democrat Perdue 1st female gov in N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- North Carolina Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue defeated Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory in Tuesday's election to hold the governor's chair for the Democrats.

Hanna races toward Carolinas

MIAMI, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Hanna raced closer to the U.S. coast late Friday, heading north at almost 20 mph.

Lawyer condemns dog-beating suspect

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A North Carolina state lawyer said Thursday that Highway Patrol trooper Charlie Jones should remain fired for allegedly beating a police dog.

Fire rages in N.C. wildlife refuge

RALEIGH, N.C., June 6 (UPI) -- North Carolina's governor declared a state of emergency Friday in an eastern part of the state where a wildfire has been burning for days.

Clinton slams Chinese trade practices

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 5 (UPI) -- Sen. Hillary Clinton campaigned in a hard-hit furniture manufacturing town in North Carolina Monday, promising to get tough on Chinese trade practices.
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Mike Easley
N.C. Gov. Mike Easley (L) speaks with Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush during a news conference at the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington on February 27, 2006. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Michael Francis "Mike" Easley (born March 23, 1950) is an American politician who served as the 72nd Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina, from 2001 to 2009. He is member of the North Carolina Democratic Party and became the first North Carolina governor to admit to a felony in a deal that halted a lengthy federal investigation. Easley is also North Carolina's second Catholic governor. Thomas Burke was the first, though Easley is the first elected by popular vote.

Easley was raised a Roman Catholic in otherwise overwhelmingly Protestant Nash County, North Carolina. His father, Alexander Easley, owned one of the two big tobacco warehouses in the area. Easley earned a degree with Latin honors in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972. While at UNC he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He then attended the North Carolina Central University School of Law, earning his J.D. degree, with Latin honors, in 1976.

Easley is married to Mary Easley (née Pipines), who worked in the Provost's Office at North Carolina State University until June 8, 2009, when her contract was terminated by the NC State Board of Trustees. She is a former law professor at North Carolina Central University and also worked for ten years as a prosecutor. The two have one son, Michael Easley, Jr.

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