UPDATE: Change in benefits becomes reality for the unemployed

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Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013 12:00 am

Being caught in the crossfire of a political fight over unemployment benefits shifts to painful reality Sunday for at least 70,000 North Carolinians, including about 12,000 in the Triad and Northwest N.C.

That’s because their access was cut off June 30 to $780 million in federal extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefits as part of the General Assembly’s grand experiment for reviving the state’s economy in part through significantly cutting jobless benefits.

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