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Group plans to spotlight NC farmworker deaths

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — An advocacy group is using the traditional Mexican holiday known as the Day of the Dead to bring attention to the deaths of migrant farmworkers in North Carolina.

The Farmworker Advocacy Network is holding an event Tuesday in Raleigh to call for better conditions for agricultural workers.

The Day of the Dead, when deceased loved ones are remembered, is celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere at the beginning of November. The advocates say nearly three quarters of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in North Carolina come from Mexico.

The group says there have been at least two farmworker fatalities in the state this year, and eight since 2005. The network says similar Day of the Dead events will be taking place elsewhere in North Carolina.

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

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