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Black farmers file for settlement claims in Durham

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DURHAM, NC (AP) -- Hundreds of black farmers in North Carolina who say they were unfairly denied loans and other assistance for years from the Agriculture Department are taking steps to claim their share of a $1 billion settlement.

WRAL-TV reported the farmers traveled Monday to Durham file claims. Attorneys were on hand to help with applications at no cost.

Last year, President Barack Obama signed into law the settlement that covers 58,000 black farmers nationwide. Most eligible claims amount to about $50,000 per family.

Farmer Troy Murray says the money will help, but it won't heal the scar.

The settlement arises from a class-action lawsuit known as the Pigford case after Timothy Pigford, a black farmer from North Carolina who was an original plaintiff.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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