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BATON ROUGE- If a plan to keep the United States Postal Service out of the red gets the green light, it could mean "Istrouma Station" in Baton Rouge will close.

Right now, the USPS is reviewing the station's transportation, labor and revenue.  The station is among 3,700 stations across the country which could face a shutdown. 

"I would end up having to go to Harding," Timi Kpaki said. "At certain times of the day it is hard to get up that way."

The USPS told News 2, it loses $25 million dollars per day.  The cost cutting measure to close post offices and add an extra day to first class delivery could save the post office up to three billion dollars per year.  People in Baton Rouge believe the internet is causing the problem.

"I don't mail a whole lot of stuff as it is," Jim McCabe said.  "Most of my transactions are on the internet already."

Post Office workers agree.  Over the past five years, the USPS reports losing over 43 billion pieces of mail.  They say more people are paying bills online and sending emails instead of through "snail mail."

"It really is sad because we need the post office," Alyce Blackstone said.

A decision to close the Istrouma Station will be made in January.


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