Arkansas' federal courthouses safe for now

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (AP) - Arkansas' federal courthouses are safe for now. The federal judiciary said Tuesday that it will close six courthouses in a cost-cutting move, but none of them are in Arkansas.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press in March showed that the federal government was considering closing up to 60 court facilities, including six sites in Arkansas.

The Judicial Conference said Tuesday that courthouses in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas will close over the next few years and that more facilities probably would meet the same fate.

U.S. District Judge J. Leon Holmes in the Eastern District of Arkansas has argued that closing court facilities wouldn't make a significant reduction in the federal budget.

He said Tuesday he's glad they've managed to keep the court facilities for now.

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