KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service plans to cut costs by closing its mail processing and distribution centers in Springfield and Cape Girardeau, losing 136 positions.

Richard Watkins, spokesman for regional office of the Postal Service, said Thursday that work at the Springfield facility will move to the Kansas City distribution center. Work at the Cape Girardeau center will move to a site in downtown St. Louis.

No date had been set, but the closings would not take effect before May 15.

He said the Springfield closing would mean a loss of 65 positions, and the Cape Girardeau closing would cost 71 positions. Some transfer opportunities will be available.

The Postal Service said the closings don’t affect its retail or business mail units in Springfield and Cape Girardeau.

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