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NC sterilization agency reports 780 claims filed

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Nearly 800 people thought to be victims of North Carolina's sterilization program have submitted forms to claim compensation from the state.

The Office for Justice of Sterilization Victims says as of July 17, it has received 780 forms from potential eugenics board victims. They had until June 30 to submit a claim to be considered for compensation.

Of the total, 500 forms have been forwarded to the N.C. Industrial Commission for determination of eligibility. The remaining 280 claim forms are classified as received by the deadline and are either missing information or require additional research.

The $10 million allotted by the state as compensation will be divided among those who file a claim and are approved by the commission. The state will pay victims one year after the deadline.

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