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U.S. attorney to ask for review of IURC ethics dispute

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U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says he'll ask "the appropriate federal agency" to review an ethics dispute that has embroiled the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Duke Energy Corp.

The Citizens Action Coalition and Common Cause/Indiana last week asked Hogsett to investigate the matter in which commission general counsel Scott Storms continued presiding over some matters involving Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy while seeking a job with Duke.

Hogsett sent the private watchdog groups a letter Friday saying no decision has been made on whether to proceed with an investigation, and the Department of Justice generally doesn't confirm or deny investigations.

FBI spokesman Special Agent Drew Northern says he also can't confirm or deny any investigation.

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