State attorney questioned Dix land deal

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Emails show the North Carolina attorney general's staff had questions about the procedures used in a deal between the state and the city of Raleigh for the Dorothea Dix hospital.

Emails released Tuesday indicate the attorney general's staff thought a second vote was needed by the Council of State on the deal.

A 75-year lease was approved in December by the Council of State and completed by Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue just before she left office. The city wants the old mental health hospital for a regional park.

The state Senate has voted to overturn the deal, saying the state is not getting enough for the land. The bill is pending in the House.

The emails show some state officials were given only one morning to review the deal.

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