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Lambert Bracing For Automatic Federal Budget Cuts

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Lambert officials say they have no idea what services might be reduced by automatic federal budget cuts that start Friday.

That's because they haven't been told by the FAA or the transportation security administration what plans are for employees.

St. Louis FAA employees say they've been ordered to take one furlough day off without pay every two weeks.

The TSA says it may try a hiring freeze before it furloughs employees, but the FAA says 100 airport control towers may be closed.

That includes airports at Branson, Jefferson City, Columbia, Missouri and St. Louis Regional Airport near Alton.

The FAA also says overnight air traffic controllers may be cut at the Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri airports and at Chicago’s Midway Airport.