SALEM - Oregon legislators reached an agreement with Chief Justice Paul De Muniz to keep state courts open on Fridays.

Two weeks ago, the chief justice said courts would have to move to a four-day week because of budget cuts imposed by lawmakers. The two sides have been negotiating in hopes of finding a way around that.

On Thursday, legislative leaders announced an agreement that involves shifting around some money to allow Oregon courtrooms to stay open Monday through Friday for the remainder of the current budget period, which ends June 30.

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