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      Budget cuts could devastate seniors

      Budget cuts could mean fewer services that enable Missouri seniors to live independently and remain in their homes. Meals on wheels, transportation and in-home services are likely targets.

      The executive director of the St. Louis Area Agency on aging says the cuts make it harder to provide transportation that takes seniors on necessary trips to places like medical appointments, senior centers and grocery shopping, and may result in the loss of a home-delivered meal once a month.

      The Missouri legislature passed a budget for fiscal year 2011 that included over $500 million in new cuts, in addition to $900 million in funds that have been withheld over the last year by Gov. Nixon.

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