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Early payday for Arkansas state workers

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Thousands of state employees in Arkansas found a surprise in their bank accounts Wednesday.

The state's biweekly payroll was mistakenly direct-deposited into the bank accounts of just under 30,000 employees two days early. The employees should have been paid on Friday but received the money on Wednesday.

The deposits totaled about $29 million.

Kay Terry is the state personnel administrator. She said the Department of Finance and Administration has no plans to reverse the early deposits and pull the money back.

Terry says the mistake was tracked back to the department's software provider, which was doing an update for tax purposes.

She says it would have been much worse if the department had paid employees two days late instead of two days early.

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