A dispute over $25 million in the state's proposed $14.3 billion budget for fiscal 2013 will close state courts for five days, Kansas Chief Justice Lawton Nuss said last week.

Nuss said 1,500 court employees will be furloughed and the courts closed for five Fridays due to the Legislature's failure to agree on a bill that included a $1.4 million supplemental appropriation for the court system.

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