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Feds consider closing court sites, Opelika included in list

By JEANNIE NUSS
Associated Press

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.

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.

ist of federal court sites targeted for closure

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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