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Federal government considering closing courthouse sites

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP/WRCB) - 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.

Nearby Winchester, TN is on the list of the 60, obtained by the Associated Press, one of four courthouses in Tennessee being targeted for closure

6 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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