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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Legislature head to court in power showdown

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Legislature head to court in power showdown

North Carolina's new Democratic governor and majority Republican Legislature are charging at each other in a constitutional game of chicken over their powers, a confrontation that could shape the recent conservative direction of state policies and spending.

The confrontation continues Tuesday, when the two branches of state government appear for a court hearing before the third.

A panel of three trial judges will gather in Raleigh to hear lawyers for Gov. Roy Cooper dispute attorneys for the state House and Senate leaders over whether new laws are constitutional.

"This is a fight that involves really the three branches of government. It's one of a series of possible...

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