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Metro Atlanta postal facilities face chopping block
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Metro Atlanta postal facilities face chopping block

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Postal Service is moving ahead with plans to close some Georgia mail facilities, part of a nationwide effort to cut costs. Officials predict the closings would also slow the delivery of first-class mail.

The cuts would close 252 of the nation's 461 mail processing centers beginning next spring. They would result in the limination of roughly 28,000 jobs.

The Georgia facilities in danger of closing are in Acworth, Albany, Athens, Augusta, Cartersville, Columbus, Douglasville, Marietta, Savannah, Swainsboro, Valdosta and Waycross.

The cuts are part of $3 billion in reductions aimed at helping the agency avert bankruptcy next year. They would virtually eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day, a change in first-class delivery standards that have been in place since 1971.

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