In campaign pause, Palin to testify on controversy

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is testifying about a lingering personnel controversy that has distracted from her Republican vice presidential bid.

Alaska's personnel board is investigating whether Palin acted improperly by firing her public safety commissioner. The commissioner says he was dismissed for refusing to fire Palin's former brother-in-law, a state trooper.

An Alaska legislative investigation concluded that the firing was lawful but said Palin acted unethically by trying to get her brother-in-law fired.

Palin and her husband, Todd, will give separate depositions Friday in Missouri. It's her first testimony on the controversy. Attorney Thomas Van Flein says she's eager to tell her side of the story.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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