APPEALS COURT: Lawmakers can OK governor's top aides

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina appeals court agrees that state lawmakers can have the last word on confirming Gov. Roy Cooper's top aides.

The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a three-judge panel correctly rejected Cooper's challenge to a new law passed weeks after his election last year. The state Senate unanimously confirmed all eight of Cooper's secretaries this year.

The appeals court agreed that legislators have the power of "advice and consent" of the governor's picks to run agencies. That's similar to Congress's role in reviewing the president's picks for top posts.

The case could be appealed to the state Supreme Court, but the justices aren't required to consider it.

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