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McCrory shuffles business, environment heads

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is shuffling the heads of two state agencies that report to him.

McCrory said Tuesday that Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker is leaving as head of the state’s key business-recruiting agency. Decker is being replaced by John Skvarla, who has headed the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the first two years of McCrory’s four-year term.

Decker and McCrory are both former Duke Energy executives. Decker says she’s taking a new job with a media company based near her western North Carolina home.

Skvarla is a Raleigh businessman who described the environment agency’s role as being a “partner” to those it regulates, which he described as “customers.” McCrory says he’s looking at internal and outside candidates to become the new head of DENR.

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