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Hearing Set on Sugarland Deposition Request

A hearing is scheduled tomorrow in Indianapolis on a request that the country music duo Sugarland give depositions in lawsuits over last year’s deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush say they want to wait until May to testify because they’re preparing to tour. But attorneys for the company that built the stage rigging involved in the August 13 collapse want them to be deposed next week.

A Sugarland spokesman says Nettles and Bush aren’t refusing to give depositions but “are simply refusing to be bullied into doing so on short notice.”

Seven people died and dozens more were injured when the stage rigging collapsed in a gust of wind as Sugarland was preparing to take the stage.

(Information for this story came from the Associated Press)

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Nearly All Stage Collapse Claimants Accept Indiana Settlement Offers

The Indiana Attorney General’s office says all but two of the claimants from last summer’s state fair stage collapse will accept settlement offers from the state.

Spokesman Bryan Corbin says 63 claimants have confirmed they’ll accept the offers, including the estates of seven people killed in the August 13 incident just prior to a Sugarland concert.

The other 58 will be compensated for their injuries, based on severity.