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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A new panel created by Gov. Beverly Perdue
is charged with figuring out the best ways to recompense people who
were sterilized through a state program that ended in the 1970s.

The five-member task force scheduled its first meeting Wednesday
in Raleigh.

The committee is supposed to look into how to compensate people
sterilized under the authority of the North Carolina Eugenics
Board. More than 7,600 people – many of them mental patients,
prisoners and the poor – were sterilized by choice or coercion
under the program between 1933 and 1973.

The Legislature set aside $250,000 in 2009 to create a state-run
foundation to manage compensation efforts. No money has been set
aside for actual compensation.

The panel is comprised of a physician, historian, lawyer, former
judge and ex-journalist.

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

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