8 Post Offices May Close in State

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Eight post offices in Arkansas, including three in Little Rock and one in North Little Rock, are candidates to be closed under a U.S. Postal Service initiative to save money.

The Postal Service is beset by steep declines in mail volume and revenue, brought on as businesses and consumers increasingly pay bills electronically. A Government Accountability Office study says the recession has accelerated the declines, particularly among major mail users in the advertising, financial and housing sectors.

The Arkansas branches and stations at risk were on a list of 677 branches nationwide that the Postal Service has submitted in a docket opened last month by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

Aside from the Little Rock-area branches, three are on the list in Fort Smith and another is in the Fayetteville area. --- Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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