Rockefeller: Postal Service delays cuts 6 months

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Sen. Jay Rockefeller says the U.S.
Postal Service has agreed to delay rural post office closings and
distribution center consolidations for six months.

He says that temporarily protects tens of thousands of jobs,
including more than 160 in West Virginia. It also preserves service
for customers.

The West Virginia Democrat and 21 fellow senators had asked for
the delay, and this week, the Postal Service agreed to hold off
until at least May 15.

It's considering ending overnight delivery and closing 3,700
mostly rural post offices and 252 mail processing facilities
nationwide. That includes 150 post offices and eight processing
centers in West Virginia.

Rockefeller says the cuts would slow or even stop service for
dozens of neighborhoods. He says Congress should help the Postal
Service solve its financial problems.


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