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USPS stalls closure of urban stations

DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. Postal Service spokesman Richard Watkins says the agency is stalling plans to close 600 urban and suburban postal branch offices and satellite stations.

Watkin’s announcement Monday follows the agency’s decision last week to halt the planned shutdown of hundreds of rural post offices, saying they can remain open with shorter hours.

In April, the Senate offered $11 billion to help plug the ailing institution’s financial losses, an offer Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said fell far short of what is needed to save the Postal Service in the long term.