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Va. federal public defender implements furloughs

Thursday - 4/18/2013, 1:11pm  ET

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- The western Virginia federal public defender's office is using staff furloughs to make up for automatic spending cuts.

Federal public defender Larry Shelton says half his staff at the Roanoke-based office is being furloughed every other Friday.

Shelton tells The Roanoke Times ( ) that he has to cut 5.5 percent from his budget for the fiscal year by Sept. 30. He's doing that by cutting workers' hours to reduce pay.

Since the fiscal year is half over, the furloughs will reduce employee pay by about 10 percent.

The furloughs began the week of April 1.

The office services the Western District of Virginia and employs 10 attorneys and 10 support personnel.


Information from: The Roanoke Times,

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