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Budget cuts close down 5 airport towers in state

The Federal Aviation Administration will close 149 air traffic control towers, including 12 in New England, beginning April 7 as part of the agency’s $637 million share of automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration.

Originally, 189 towers were on the chopping block, but 40 were spared for various reasons, including the Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport tower in Westfield.

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