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Budget Problems Could Cause Changes At Post Offices

SPOKANE, Wash. - Thursday the United States Postal Service outlined a new survival plan which will slash billions of dollars from its bottom line. The new plan may mean the end, once and for all, for weekend deliveries. In a press conference USPS officials explained that USPS needs to cut 35,000 jobs and consolidate nearly 250 processing facilities to save an estimated $3 billion dollars annually.

United States Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said, "Our immediate goal is to reduce total cost by 20 billion dollars by 2015."

The USPS service has roots older than our nation but to survive in this age of email and overnight deliveries, it's being forced to change.

Some proposed changes? Saturday delivery may become a thing of the past and First-Class mail may not show up in your mailbox quite so fast. By delivering regional mail in two days instead of one, The Postal Service can reduce wages and overtime, transportation and fuel, facility and networking costs across the board."

At this point, 3,700 retail offices are under review. Some will be downsized to so-called village post offices inside grocery stores, pharmacies or other retailers.

A USPS spokesman said the agency plans to study moving mail processing done in Missoula and Kalispell to Spokane. In the meantime, Spokane's postmaster said it doesn't appear that any processing facilities will close in Spokane. If there are regional changes, they will most likely be at smaller locations like Pasco and Yakima.

None of the proposals are set in stone. Changes need to be approved by Congress first.

This story was filed by KHQ Local News Reporter and Anchor Chelsea Kopta

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