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Jobless benefits for 47,000 in NC start flowing

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By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Extended unemployment benefits for 47,000 jobless workers that have been caught in a political conflict are starting to flow again.

Unemployed worker Debra Koonts of Lexington said Monday she checked her bank account and found two weeks of benefits for her husband Charles. Both Charles and Debra Koonts were laid off by a truck manufacturer in March 2009.

They and thousands of others were suddenly cut off from benefits seven weeks ago. That's after Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed Republican-written legislation that would have allowed the extended benefits to continue, but only if Perdue accepted a big state budget cut.

Perdue on Friday issued an executive order she contends authorized the benefits to flow again. That's being disputed, but it's uncertain whether anyone will step in to block the money.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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