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Thursday a furlough day for most state workers

Most state government offices will be closed Thursday for the fifth furlough day of 2010.

Thursday is one of six furlough days ordered for state employees during the current fiscal year as a budget-balancing step.

The Department of Administration says an estimate 29,000 state employees will take Thursday off without pay.

State officials project the six furlough days will save up to $20 million in the current fiscal year.

Certain state agencies providing public services deemed to be essential will remain open.

Those include prisons, juvenile corrections facilities and the state mental hospital. Also, the Highway Patrol will remain on the job and the hotline for child abuse and neglect reports will be in operation.

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