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Louisville Postal Carriers Volunteer to Support Anti-Terrorism Agreement

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer signed an agreement Wednesday alongside state and federal health officials to prepare the county in the event of a bio-terrorism threat.

Louisville is the second pilot city to establish a partnership that could deliver medication to nearly 240,000 homes in 48 hours with the help of 322 postal carrier volunteers.

Fischer was joined by Edward Gabriel with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Kraig Humbaugh with Kentucky’s Department for Public Health and officials from the U.S. Postal Service.

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USPS to Conduct Area Efficiency Studies

By Alan Lytle, Kentucky Public Radio

The U.S. Postal Service is conducting a study of the efficiency of its Louisville and Lexington hubs.

Spokesman David Walton says the study will determine whether some of the duties handled in the Lexington Processing and Distribution Center could be performed more efficiently at the Louisville facility. The USPS is doing similar studies in many other cities.

“Sometimes they have these studies and they say, hey, it’s not going to be worth it to proceed. In other cases they do,” says Walton ” Once we do reach that point, though, if we do decide to move ahead we will have a public meeting where we can get our stakeholders and customers’ comments. We’d like to hear from them because that is very much a part of this study.”

Walton says the Postal Service is on track to lose 6 billion dollars this year so examining all forms of consolidation is necessary.

“We have to do this because to have redundant processes going on at plants it’s really not much of a cost savings,” he says “so, if we can do the same thing in the Louisville plant that we are doing in Lexington, we’re going to go for it.”

The USPS is still trying to overcome the effects of the economic recession, and the agency projects another 6 billion dollar loss this fiscal year. The service is also considering closing some branches.
Walton says a public meeting will be held before any consolidations occur.

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Exemption Will Allow Tobacco To Be Shipped To Soldiers

A law that blocked tobacco from being sent to American soldiers serving in combat zones will soon be revised.

The PACT Act took effect in June. It was meant to keep tobacco out of the hands of minors and required anyone mailing tobacco products to send them through tracked and confirmed Express Mail.

But Express Mail cannot go to many foreign combat zones. Postal service spokesperson Greg Frey says the rules will be changed later this month so tobacco can be sent to soldiers through a different type of mail.

“We have made an exception at this point to allow for priority mail with delivery confirmation because of the sensitive nature of serving those brave Americans that are defending our liberties overseas,” he says.

The exemption takes effect on the 27th. Frey says it only affects mail to soldiers and not civilian-to-civilian packages.

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USPS Expects Today to be Busiest Mailing Day

The busiest day of mailings through the United States Postal Service is expected to be today, and the busiest delivery day is projected to be Wednesday.

USPS spokesperson in Louisville David Walton says the holidays are still the busiest time of year for the postal service, but volume has slipped this year.

“Compared to last year, we are down a little bit,” says Walton. “Locally, our cancellations are down overall about ten to fifteen percent. However, our parcels and priority mail volume is expected to be up about twenty or thirty percent, and that’s due in part to more people shopping online at places like Amazon and Zappos.”

Christmas cards also increase mail volume. Walton says the postal service expects to deliver more than three-billion cards this holiday season.