Okla. towers could close for budget cuts

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WASHINGTON—As lawmakers are still hammering out budget cuts, we’re getting a better look at who will be affected by the changes.

Authorities say 173 air traffic control towers and small airports around the country will be closed.

Federal officials told tower operators Tuesday that 16 other towers will be closed on Sept. 30.

The airports can stay open even when the towers close because planes can land without the help of air traffic controllers.

A few Oklahoma airports made the list of locations that may lose traffic controllers.

Officials say Wiley Post in Oklahoma City and Max Westheimer in Norman, along with three others, may close towers in the coming months.

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