4 Ore. mail centers survive first cut

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Four regional mail processing centers in Oregon have survived consideration for closure to save money for the nearly broke U.S. Postal Service.

Spokesman Peter Hass says the centers in Pendleton, Bend, Salem and Springfield are not on the latest list for consolidation, so will remain open through the vote-by-mail election and the holiday season at the end of the year.

He says although the centers were not among the 140 nationwide slated for closure in phase one, they will be considered for the 89 centers to be closed in phase two.

Members of Oregon's congressional delegation said this was good news, and would give Congress more time to consider a bill to sustain the postal service and save those jobs.