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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Labor organizers, students, and community activists are hoping to add to the increasing heat on Congress to extend unemployment insurance before the end of the month.

North Carolina’s AFL-CIO chapter is helping organize protests Thursday aimed at two Republican members of the U.S. House. Congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama are wrangling over renewing benefits for the long-term unemployed and Social Security payroll tax cuts before they expire this month.

Activists plan to highlight their demands with protests outside U.S. Rep. Howard Coble’s district office in Greensboro and a state unemployment office in Clayton, which is in the district of Rep. Renee Ellmers.

The AFL-CIO says unless Congress and the White House can strike a deal, nearly 70,000 unemployed North Carolinians will lose the benefits that keep them from poverty.

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