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Nixon defends cuts to ALJs

Some lawyers questioning authority for terminations

Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday framed cuts his administration made among the state's administrative law judges as a continuation of the policies of previous Gov. Matt Blunt. "They're not Article V judges," Nixon said. "In the last administration they lessened the number of folks in that department already. We felt that continuing to lean that up was appropriate with the budget challenges we face. I'm confident that the remaining commissioners will be able to handle the workload."

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