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October 16th, 2013
05:49 PM ET

North Carolina cuts off welfare benefits, blames shutdown

As the Senate deal to end the partial government shutdown and extend the nation’s borrowing authority comes to a vote Wednesday evening, North Carolina just cut off federally funded welfare checks - leaving 20,000 people, mostly children, without monthly benefits – in a move that’s being blamed on the brinkmanship in Washington over the shutdown.

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