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Postal Service: Will Keep Rural Post Offices Open

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The struggling U.S. Postal Service is trying to tamp down concern over its wide-scale cuts, saying it will seek to keep hundreds of rural post offices open with shorter hours.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe tells a news conference the new plan will save the mail agency half a billion dollars each year while addressing concerns of rural residents most opposed to post office closings.

Previously, up to 3,700 low-revenue post offices were slated for closure or consolidation beginning sometime after May 15, many in rural areas. It was part of a multibillion-dollar postal cost-cutting effort to stave off the agency’s bankruptcy.

The Postal Service now plans to seek regulatory approval for the new plan and get community input, a process that could take several months.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved)

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