RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- At least 75 people submitted to arrest at protests calling attention to the immediate loss of federal unemployment benefits for 70,000 North Carolina residents due to the actions of state lawmakers.

Monday marked the ninth rally organized by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP. Nearly 675 people have now been arrested protesting the policies of Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican-controlled legislature.

North Carolina is the first state to disqualify itself from extended unemployment benefits as it repays a debt to the federal government faster. The U.S. Labor Department says about 70,000 people lost their benefits Sunday, with another 100,000 to be cut off in the coming months.

Republicans in January took control of North Carolina's legislature and governor's mansion for the first time in more than a century.

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