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    FAA Delays Tower Closures

    Air traffic control tower at Chicago's Midway International Airport, March 12, 2013.

FILE - This March 12, 2013 file photo shows the air traffic control tower at Chicago's Midway International Airport. Under orders to trim hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget, the Federal Aviation Administration released a final list Friday of 149 air traffic control towers that it will close at small airports around the country starting early next month. The agency is also still considering eliminating overnight shifts at 72 air traffic facilities, including some at major airports like Midway International and General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee. There was no word Friday on when a decision will come. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

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    Maybe they should have seen the backlash coming. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday it will delay the closure of 149 air traffic control towers that were set to close this Saturday. The decision is a reaction to numerous airports filing suit to block the shutdowns. The capitulation, however, is only temporary. Airports will be given an undisclosed time to decide how or whether they will continue to run the towers on their own. The FAA says cutting funding of the towers was necessary for the budget sequester, and will save the federal government $637 billion in the budget. 

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