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NC governor will name panel despite opposing it

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory will comply with a law requiring he appoint a board that hears unemployment benefit appeals, even though he believes the panel is unnecessary and a waste of money.

The governor's top legislative lobbyist wrote to Sen. Bob Rucho, who last week complained publicly how McCrory hadn't chosen the three-member Board of Review by Sept. 1, as the law demanded.

Fred Steen told Rucho that board members and staff salaries could cost nearly $1 million annually and the panel could lead to slower operations. He says the Division of Employment Security already has reduced appeal wait times.

Rucho and state Rep. Julia Howard wrote Steen back Tuesday and said they want to know by Oct. 31 when board members will be appointed and begin their work.

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