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USPS plans to end Saturday mail delivery

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but will continue delivering packages six days a week.

USPC officials announced the cut on Wednesday. It takes effect the week of August 5th.

The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points -- package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010.

Patrick Donahoe, the Postmaster General says, "Our new approach is based on a great deal of customer input we have heard in the course of the last six or seven months which reflects a strong demand for package delivery on Saturdays and it still enables the Postal Service to achieve significant cost reductions."

But some Louisville postal customers aren't happy with the changes. Mark Smith says, "Since they just asked for an increase in stamps, I don't really think it would be fair to the postal customers."

It's projected that eliminating Saturday mail delivery will result in annual savings of about $2 billion. It cancels plans to close thousands of post offices.

Jason Stelter, a Louisville postal customer, says, "I just think it makes more financial sense. I see that we just get a lot of junk mail on Saturday."

Deborah Mason, another Louisville postal customer says, "I don't think it will be a big difference because of the emails and the online mailing." That's why the Postal Service has lost so much money -- a record $16 billion last year. The USPS is on the brink of bankruptcy.

Donahoe says, "There will be no changes in terms of post office hours. If we're open Saturday, we'll be open Saturday. We'll continue to deliver mail to post office boxes on Saturday, which is very important to a number of businesses. Mail delivery will occur Monday through Friday and we will not deliver nor collect mail on Saturday."

The change will affect newspapers like the News and Tribune, which covers stories in Southern Indiana.

It is now delivered by mail six days a week, and Saturday is the newspaper's biggest day.

"Revenue-wise, it's the paper with all the inserts that people get for their shopping, especially around Christmas shopping season. Also, it's Friday night football, basketball, our lifestyle section, and we try to set back a meaty news story for folks on the weekend edition," says Shea Van Hoy, who's an editor at the News and Tribune.

Van Hoy says the paper is already working on ways to get a weekend edition into subscribers' hands even after the change.

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