Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Five post offices in West Virginia are among 1,000 the postal service may close as it battles staggering financial problems.
All five included on a list of nearly 700 potential candidates sent to the Independent Postal Regulatory Commission are in Charleston.
The Postal Service says more may be added.
The post office has been struggling with a sharp decline in mail volume as people and businesses switch to e-mail for personal contact and bill paying.
The agency is facing a nearly $7 billion potential loss this fiscal year, despite a 2-cent increase in the price of stamps in May, cuts in staff and removal of collection boxes.
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