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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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Eckersley lawsuit settles for $500,000

The Missouri Attorney General's Office has issued a statement confirming a $500,000 settlement in a lawsuit against former Gov. Matt Blunt and four of his staff members. Former staff attorney Scott Eckersley (pictured) had sued after he was fired in late September 2007. He claimed he was dismissed after raising concerns that Blunt's staff was not properly preserving e-mails in compliance with state record-retention and open-records laws.

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