North Carolina officials say help is on the way for some people sterilized under orders of state officials over several decades, but only a fraction of those who lost the chance to start a family will be compensated.
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.
A North Carolina agency is reviewing claims of people who have previously identified themselves as victims of the state's forced sterilization program so they can verify their eligibility for one-time payments from a $10 million compensation fund.
Gov. Pat McCrory made his first visit to Wilmington since taking office.
He discussed job development in the region and the budget plan he announced yesterday, including how it would impact the Marine Technology program at Cape Fear Community College.