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LEWISBURG, W. Va-- The closures of 149 regional airport control towers due to be shut down this weekend have been placed on hold until June 15th.

This includes the tower at the Greenbrier Valley Airport in Lewisburg, and others in Wheeling and Parkersburg.

Officials said the delay should give communities more time to decide if they can assume financial responsibility for operating the towers.

Last month, the FAA announced it would close down control towers at mostly regional airports because of the sequester. More than 1,000 jobs were expected to be lost as a result of the closures.

The FAA said the shutdowns were necessary in order to reach the $637 million in budget cuts they were obligated to make under the sequester.

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