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Gov. Cooper appeals confirmation law ruling

Roy Cooper (WSOC photo)

RALEIGH (AP) - North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is appealing a court ruling that in part left intact a Republican-passed law subjecting his Cabinet secretaries to state Senate confirmation.

Cooper's private attorneys filed his notice this week with the state Court of Appeals. The lawyers also asked the three-judge panel that ruled against Cooper on the law last week to prevent confirmation hearings by the Senate during the appeals.

The GOP-controlled legislature passed the confirmation law and others that reduced or checked the new governor's powers. Cooper sued, and the judicial panel last week declared unconstitutional two other laws. One limited his authority in carrying out elections and the other gave civil service job protections to hundreds of former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's workers.

Republican legislators have not announced appeal plans.

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