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Mo. stops new settlements with disabled workers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri has stopped settling new cases with some injured workers because the fund used to pay claims is running out of money.

The state's Second Injury Fund covers claims from disabled workers who are re-injured on the job. It takes employers off the hook for work injuries that worsen existing disabilities.

Attorney General Chris Koster said Thursday he ordered all outstanding settlement offers to be withdrawn if they would affect the Second Injury Fund. Koster says there should be enough money to cover cases that have already been resolved, but there may not be enough for new settlements.

Previous studies by the state auditor and the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers concluded the fund was running out of money.

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