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A three-judge panel on Friday gave both Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders a victory and a stinging defeat in their ongoing power struggle.
Mark Binker and Matthew Burns
Lawyers for Gov. Roy Cooper argued Tuesday that state lawmakers illegally undercut his authority before he even took office in January, while lawyers for legislative leaders maintained that the General Assembly has the power to give certain powers to the governor or take them away.
Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday challenged more provisions of state laws passed last month by the Republican-controlled legislature.
Matthew Burns and Laura Leslie
Roy Cooper was sworn in shortly after midnight Sunday as North Carolina's 75th governor, taking the reins of a deeply divided state and facing an openly hostile legislature as he tries to accomplish an agenda calling for improved schools and a stronger economy for middle-class families.
Gov. Roy Cooper took his oath of office shortly after midnight, about a week before the official inauguration on Jan. 7.
Gov.-elect Roy Cooper blasted Republican lawmakers Thursday for trying to push through legislation stripping him of some powers before he takes office, threatening to sue the General Assembly if he deems any of the new proposals to be unconstitutional.
Matthew Burns and Mark Binker
Lawmakers have filed bills to change election laws, environmental regulations and school funding during a surprise special session. They also plan to confirm two new judges for the state's Business Court.
Now that the governor's race has been decided, hundreds of Gov. Pat McCrory's political appointees are busy updating their resumes and references because their jobs aren't guaranteed once Gov.-elect Roy Cooper takes office.
The state's ethics law contains a loophole of sorts that allows lower-salary state workers covered by the ethics act to opt out of filing a conflict of interest statement. And changes in the personnel act have sent the number of excepted workers way up.
The top scientist at the Nature Research Center is leaving her post three years after taking the helm of the science museum's new $56-million wing. The move comes four months after the museum's new director effectively demoted her.
Public information about Gov. Pat McCrory's list of newest at-will workers is now available in WRAL's exempt employee database.
After learning earlier this year that his top leaders would lose job protections that would normally prevent political hiring and firing, the director of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences moved quickly to ensure the action wouldn't affect the institution's ongoing accreditation process.
Department of Health and Human Services officials may have violated the North Carolina Constitution when they cut a $37,000 check to an outgoing worker on the job for only a month, personnel experts say.
Find out more about how WRAL compiled its database of state positions exempted by the governor.