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Cooper says court rulings favoring Republican need appeals

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper isn’t giving up following new court rulings favoring Republican legislative leaders and the laws they passed.

Cooper’s lawyers are expected to appeal judicial decisions upholding laws that reduced the number of Court of Appeals judges and directed the governor to include increased funding for taxpayer-funded private school tuition in his budget documents.

Another ruling that also occurred April 9, favoring GOP legislators, involved control of federal grants and Volkswagen emissions settlement funds.

Cooper told reporters he believes the cases warrant examination by higher state courts. He pointed out that some of the rulings made by a three-judge panel included dissenting opinions that sided with him.

The cases mark the latest legal fight over laws Republican legislators passed that Cooper says unlawfully eroded gubernatorial powers.

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