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In years past, presidents sometimes have been slow to successfully nominate a census director, leaving the post vacant for many months.

NORTH CAROLINA

Edwards campaign repays taxpayers $2.1 million

RALEIGH | John Edwards’ campaign has repaid $2.1 million in public matching funds received after the North Carolina Democrat dropped out of the 2008 presidential primary amid a sex scandal.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Election Commission confirmed Tuesday that the agency had received the money. The bipartisan election commission ruled unanimously last year that Mr. Edwards was improperly paid the taxpayer money after he suspended his campaign on Jan. 30, 2008.

Mr. Edwards appealed that ruling, which the FEC upheld March 12. The campaign was given 30 days to send a check to the U.S. Treasury.

Mr. Edwards faces a criminal trial set to begin Thursday on unrelated campaign finance charges of nearly $1 million paid by two wealthy donors to help hide his pregnant mistress during the race. He has pleaded not guilty.

MINNESOTA

Pawlenty closes book on presidential campaign debt

MINNEAPOLIS | Former Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty has wiped away the last of his campaign debt.

Mr. Pawlenty’s campaign said Tuesday it had filed its last report, as well as papers to terminate his campaign committee.

The debt stood at nearly $500,000 in the fall but was down to just a few thousand dollars last month. Mr. Pawlenty has had help raising money to pay the bills from GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney.

Mr. Pawlenty, a former two-term governor of Minnesota, dropped out of the race in August after a poor showing in the Iowa straw poll. He supports Mr. Romney for the GOP nomination.

LABOR

Employers posted more job openings in February

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