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State Fair Moves Closer To Distributing Victims’ Funds

The State Fair Commission hopes to start distributing funds within the next two weeks.

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The Indiana State Fair Commission's donation fund for the victims of the stage collapse last month now totals $800,000.

A consultant working with the Indiana State Fair Commission says he is encouraged by the progress in determining how to distribute money from the remembrance fund to victims of the stage collapse.

Ken Feinberg, whose previous work in compensation funds includes 9-11, the Virginia Tech shooting and the BP oil spill, was brought in by the State Fair Commission last week.

“The Commission is moving with alacrity, with great speed, to get these emergency monies that were donated out, paid ASAP,” Feinberg said after the commission meeting Wednesday.

Feinberg says he is currently helping establish a protocol that will determine who is eligible to receive the money and how much each person gets.

“There’s going to have to be some tough decisions made based on the reality of what’s available, how quickly the money can be dispensed in an emergency manner with a minimum amount of administrative overhead and delay,” he said.

State Fair Commission chair Andre Lacy says he’s aiming to begin distribution in about two weeks. There is currently around $800,000 in the fund.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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