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ETX courthouse may be on Fed's chopping block

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The federal government is considering closing up to 60 court sites across the country as part of an effort to cut costs.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show federal courthouses facilities in 29 states could be on the chopping block. Many of the court sites are in rural areas and critics say closing them could make it more difficult for people to get to court proceedings.

Six of the 60 court sites that could be closed are in Arkansas. Texas and Georgia each have five sites on the list of possible closures. Officials are even considering shuttering the court site in Alaska's capital city, Juneau.

The government ranked the court sites that could close based on categories such as usage and location.

Here is a list of the court sites the federal government is considering closing in 29 states. The government ranked the 60 federal court facilities that could close based on categories including cost, usage and location.

City                 Rank

Gadsden, Ala.          22

Florence, Ala.         27

Selma, Ala.            44

Opelika, Ala.          48

Fairbanks, Alaska      15

Ketchikan, Alaska      25

Juneau, Alaska         37

Harrison, Ark.          3

Batesville, Ark.        7

Jonesboro, Ark.        13

Pine Bluff, Ark.       17

Hot Springs, Ark.      21

Helena, Ark.           34

Salinas, Calif.        58

Grand Junction, Colo.  43

Durango, Colo.         57

Key West, Fla.         12

Dublin, Ga.             9

Athens, Ga.            28

Waycross, Ga.          29

Valdosta, Ga.          41

Statesboro, Ga.        56

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho   11

Moscow, Idaho          52

Joliet, Ill.           51

Terre Haute, Ind.      19

Council Bluffs, Iowa   35

Pikeville, Ky.         26

Bowling Green, Ky.     47

Salisbury, Md.         10

Traverse City, Mich.   55

Fergus Falls, Minn.    23

Meridian, Miss.         5

Hannibal, Mo.          32

Bryson City, N.C.       4

Wilkesboro, N.C.       24

Fayetteville, N.C.     60

Minot, N.D.            38

Grand Forks, N.D.      40

North Platte, Neb.     53

McAlester, Okla.       50

Lawton, Okla.          54

Pendleton, Ore.        46

Beaufort, S.C.          1

Aiken, S.C.             8

Jackson, Tenn.         16

Winchester, Tenn.      20

Cookeville, Tenn.      36

Columbia, Tenn.        39

Amarillo, Texas        30

San Angelo, Texas      33

Lufkin, Texas          45

Pecos, Texas           59

Wichita Falls, Texas   14

Big Stone Gap, Va.      6

Newport News, Va.      18

Parkersburg, W.Va.      2

Clarksburg, W.Va.      31

Vancouver, Wash.       42

Jackson, Wyo.          49

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