If a proposed settlement between Microsoft Corp. and state officials is approved, North Carolina would become the fourth state whose poorest schools might benefit to the tune of millions of dollars in vouchers for technology-related equipment.

Microsoft has agreed to settle a class-action antitrust lawsuit in North Carolina by setting up an $89 million fund to reimburse customers and buying computer technology for poor schools.

The proposed settlement was made public June 13 at a court hearing in Raleigh before Judge Ben F. Tennille, who asked the lawyers to return


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