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Gov. Cooper signs first bill received into law

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RALEIGH (AP) -- Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has signed his first bill into law, a Republican measure reducing the membership of the University of North Carolina system board.

Cooper' office said he signed the bill Friday, one day before a constitutional deadline. The legislation drops the UNC Board of Governors from 32 voting members to 24 by mid-2019. Membership would fall to 28 this summer. The House and Senate elect the board.

The decreases passed by wide margins in the GOP-controlled legislature despite complaints by Democrats it would make it harder to ensure minorities are adequately represented on the board.

Cooper and legislative leaders have tussled in court and in public statements since he was sworn in Jan. 1.

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