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Submitted by Katelyn Supa on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 6:58am.

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- One of North Carolina's top legislative leaders says the state should agree next year to pay victims of a state program that forced people to undergo sterilizations decades ago. The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday that House Speaker Thom Tillis wants the Legislature to vote next year on a plan to compensate those sterilized under the authority of a state panel. The Mecklenburg County Republican says he's not ready to recommend how much victims should be paid. Tillis says approving a compensation plan would show state officials are serious about trying to redeem a dark chapter in North Carolina history even if money isn't available next year. The state Eugenics Board authorized sterilizing about 7,600 North Carolinians deemed unfit to have children between 1929 and 1974. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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