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      Fort Leonard Wood to lose 885 personnel

      The U.S. Army plans to cut 885 positions at Fort Leonard Wood in south-central Missouri. But that's a significantly smaller reduction than what some had feared.

      Gov. Jay Nixon says the reduction announced Tuesday is a "substantially more positive result for Missouri" than the cut of 3,900 personnel that the Army had considered.

      A spokeswoman for the post says it's not yet known how many of the affected positions will be military and how many will be civilian.

      U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt issued a joint statement calling it a modest reduction that could have been far worse.

      The reduction would leave Fort Leonard Wood with more than 5,000 personnel. It's part of a plan to reduce forces nationally by 80,000 soldiers.