Decision on future of Pittsburgh air base may come this week

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 12, 2013 6:35 AM
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(Pittsburgh) -- A Pennsylvania congressman says a final decision on whether to close a Pittsburgh-area Air Force base may come this week. 

Republican Tim Murphy says he expects the Air Force to announce its decision on the 911th Airlift Wing tomorrow. Murphy says he's hopeful the base will be spared.

Last year the Air Force announced plans to close the facility by September as part of a nationwide cost-cutting effort. Closing the base could save $354 million.

But the plan was put on hold and reviewed after surrounding communities and politicians from both parties complained that the closing doesn't make financial sense.

The base uses space at Pittsburgh International Airport. The unit includes eight C-130 refueling planes and about 2,000 personnel.

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