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NC court shuns worker fired for political appointees

RALEIGH (AP) A North Carolina appeals court says a former state worker who alleged he was fired by former Gov. Pat McCrory to make room for a political appointee can no longer challenge the move.

The state Court of Appeals ruled July 17 that state prison health care worker Joe Vincoli lost out because he failed to appeal a 2014 ruling against him within the allowed 30-day window.

The General Assembly shortly after McCrory took office that year expanded the number of state employees the former GOP governor could hire and fire at will to 1,500. The law also allowed him to do so without recourse to dispute whether the move was fair.

Republican legislators moved to cut the number again to 425 appointees after Democrat Roy Cooper narrowly beat McCrory and became governor last year.

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