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Aug 15, 2010 2:55 PM by Chris Welty

LA Alcohol & Tobacco Office Being Investigated

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two state agencies are investigating the
Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. Murphy Painter,
who led that office since 1996, resigned Friday without any public
explanation.
Louisiana State Police Superitendent Mike Edmonson tells The
Advocate that another agency asked state police to help
investigation the office.
The newspaper says he would not elaborate; Inspector General
Stephen B. Street Jr. declined comment; and Gov. Bobby Jindal's
spokesman Kyle Plotkin declined comment Friday night on Painter's
resignation.
Painter does not have a listed phone number and could not be
reached for comment Sunday by The Associated press.
State Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges announced his
resignation and said Brant Thompson is interim commissioner.

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