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With Russian sanctions, NC agencies told to end contracts

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered state offices under his control to terminate government contracts that benefit Russian businesses in response to its war against Ukraine. Monday's directive for sanctions also meant some liquor was getting removed from shelves at government-operated alcohol stores. Cooper’s executive order directs agencies and departments to review existing contracts and terminate those that directly benefit businesses headquartered in Russia or have their principal place of business there. Cooper also told the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission to suspend the approval of products made by Russian businesses. Cooper's office says three alcohol brands appear subject to the order.