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Fired ALJs can keep their jobs, judge says

A Cole County judge said three administrative law judges can't be terminated from their positions for budgetary reasons. Earlier this year, five administrative law judge positions were cut. Four of the judges were let go, and a retiring judge was not replaced. Gov. Jay Nixon said the move was meant as a cost-cutting measure in the midst of a tough budgetary situation. In a decision released Wednesday, Cole County circuit judge Jon Beetem issued a permanent injunction that keeps the three men in their positions as administrative law judges.