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US spending cuts would close 4 Arizona air-traffic sites

PHOENIX -- The so-called 'sequestration' is one week away and it threatens to shut down four Arizona air-traffic control facilities.

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday said Glendale Municipal, Phoenix Goodyear, Laughlin/Bullhead City International Airports and Ryan Field Tucson are among 100 air-traffic control facilities that will be closed if Congress and President Obama can't come to an agreement to stop massive budget cuts.

Shutdowns would begin in April. The White House warned that impending spending cuts would cause delays in air travel.

The FAA also plans to cut overnight shifts at 60 airports nationwide. None of those in Arizona.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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