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Federal budget cuts close six air traffic control towers in Michigan

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DETROIT, MI (AP) -

Six air traffic control towers is Michigan are slated to close in early April. The shutdowns are part of the FAA's move to reduce spending by $600 million under automatic federal budget cuts. They affect mostly small and medium-size airports.

Michigan airports on the list are Ann Arbor, W.K. Kellogg in Battle Creek, Coleman A. Young in Detroit, Jackson County-Reynolds Field in Jackson, Muskegon County and Sawyer International in Marquette County.

The Lansing and Willow Run airport towers are among 72 nationwide that could close overnight through eliminating midnight shifts. Some airports are pressing their cases to preserve those services. Officials at several say they expect to remain open but these cuts raise concerns about safety.

238 control towers are scheduled  to close nationwide.

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