Lufkin federal courthouse on chopping block

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - The Lufkin federal courthouse is one of 60 being considered for closure across the nation.

The Ward R. Burke is ranked 45th among 60 courthouses being considered as part of an effort to cut costs.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show federal courthouses facilities in 29 states could be on the chopping block. Many of the court sites are in rural areas and critics say closing them could make it more difficult for people to get to court proceedings.

Six of the 60 court sites that could be closed are in Arkansas. Texas and Georgia each have five sites on the list of possible closures. Officials are even considering shuttering the court site in Alaska's capital city, Juneau.

The government ranked the court sites that could close based on categories such as usage and location.

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