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USPS To Cut Saturday Delivery, Okla. Senator Responds
The United States Postal Service announced Wednesday it will cut Saturday delivery.
The USPS made that announcement Wednesday. The move will save the Postal Service $3.1 billion dollars in the first year alone.
Tired of waiting for Congress to help, the Postal Service on Wednesday unveiled its plan, which is expected to save $2 billion a year. It's a drop in the bucket, compared to the $16 billion loss the organization reported for 2012.
"It's a responsible decision. It makes common sense," said Patrick Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO of the postal service.
The move would impact 22,500 jobs, Donahoe said, which he plans to achieve without resorting to layoffs. Rather, he would eliminate overtime, offer buy outs and rely more on the part-time workforce. There will be no changes to post offices that are currently open on Saturday and mail will continue to be delivered to PO boxes.
They say they chose Saturday because it's the lightest-volume delivery day of the week. More than one third of all U.S. businesses are closed on Saturdays.
Saturday mail service will stop August 5th, though packages will still be delivered.
In a letter to both chambers of Congress, Oklahoma Representative Tom Coburn said that he supports the Postal Service's changes. He wrote the letter with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. You can read their entire letter by clicking here.
Posted: Monday, February 18 2013, 09:50 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Tornado watch issued for western, central Oklahoma
May 18, 2013 22:47 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A tornado watch is in effect for western and central Oklahoma.
The weather system brought severe thunderstorms to the Altus and Clinton areas, as well as Harper County late Saturday afternoon. There were no reports of rotation as evening approached but the tornado watch lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday.
The dangerous weather is forecast to continue into Sunday night as the system progresses to the east.
The tornado watch area Saturday stretched from eastern edge of the Panhandle to include the Oklahoma City area.
The Storm Prediction Center says the greatest threat of severe storms Saturday is in northwest Oklahoma, east of the Panhandle. Forecasters warn that the system could also bring large hail.
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