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State budget aims $1.3M to sole vendor for cleanup

Published On: Jul 24 2013 10:15:48 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 24 2013 10:16:48 PM CDT

North Carolina's state budget includes spending choices on education, health care, and road construction. It also direct $1.3 million to one company picked by legislators and other state officials.

The $21 billion state budget given final approval by lawmakers on Wednesday includes a highly detailed description of what it would take for a company to supply water-cleaning technology for an experiment on Jordan Lake. The wording matches specifications of a product sold by Medora Corp. of Dickinson, N.D., meaning potential competitors would be unable to bid for the contract.

A consultant for the company is part-time UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member Kenneth Hudnell, who said he met with Greensboro business boosters and representatives of Senate leader Phil Berger.

A Berger spokeswoman office did not respond to a request for comment late Wednesday.