A plan to delay the closing of US post offices and mail centers that would eliminate 35,000 jobs nationwide, has been apparently been dropped.

At least 150 post offices in West Virginia are on a closure list.

Two post offices in Calhoun are on the short list, Orma and Millstone, but others could be closed.

It's looking increasingly unlikely that the House and Senate will agree on a plan to save the US Postal Service by May 15, when a moratorium on closing postal processing plants expires.

Republican leaders don't feel pressured to address the matter, although a House bill breaks union contracts, making it easier to lay off postal employees or force those eligible to retire.

Some Congressional leaders say the financial plight of US Postal has been created by wages and union benefits being too much, while the postal service says the problem is centered on huge reductions in people using the service, mostly because of e-mail and new forms of communication.

Without congressional help, the Postal Service will pursue its own plans to cut Saturday service, delay mail deliveries and close hundreds of postal processing plants and post offices, triggering thousands of job cuts nationwide.


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