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Almost all state fair claimants accept offers

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Nearly all of the claimants have accepted Indiana's settlement offers over the State Fair stage collapse.

The Indiana Attorney General's office said Wednesday that 63 of the 65 claimants have confirmed they'll accept the settlements. Spokesman Bryan Corbin said that accounts for all but about $2,000 of the $5 million in total compensation available under state law. Those 63 include the estates of all seven people who died in the Aug. 13 collapse at the Indianapolis fairgrounds.

Corbin said the state has contacted attorneys for the two remaining claimants to verify whether they'll accept their offers.

The seven estates are due to receive at least $300,000. The remaining money goes to 58 other people injured when strong winds toppled the stage before a concert by the country music duo Sugarland.

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