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Sequester could mean a major change at local airport

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sent a sequester warning from the White House on Friday.

"We are beginning today, discussions with our unions to likely close more than 100 air traffic control towers at airports with fewer than 150,000 flight operations per year," says LaHood.

The FAA released a list of air traffic control towers that could close if a budget agreement isn't reached.

On that list, Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport.

Other airports on the list include Terre Haute, Paducah and Louisville.

"Certainly, we're immediately concerned," says LaHood. "We've known that these are possibilities for quite some time. The airport would still function. We have instrument landing systems that would still operate."

The automatic spending cuts are set to hit March 1.

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