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Cuts at MacDill fewer than expected

MacDill Air Force Base likely will lose less equipment and fewer employees than previously announced under plans to streamline bases across the country, officials said Wednesday. Under a new proposal to Congress from Air Force officials at the Pentagon, the base in south Tampa will lose three F-16 aircraft instead of the 15 originally planned. One civilian and 36 active military jobs will be eliminated through attrition, as opposed to the 10 civilian and 314 military jobs earlier announced. The original cuts would not have had much of an effect on the base, which has 98 F-16s, 6,650 military personnel and 1,600 civilian employees, officials said. A MacDill spokesman said the new numbers mean the Air Force likely was adjusting for a miscalculation in the need for F-16 fighter pilot training, which MacDill provides.Transportation hearing planned Nov. 1

The Florida Department of Transportation will have a public hearing Nov. 1 on the Tampa Bay district's tentative work program for the next five years. The hearing, which involves projects in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties, will be at 7 p.m. in the Sheraton Grand Ballroom at 4860 W Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa. Information may be obtained by writing to District Secretary William H. McDaniel, District VII, Florida Department of Transportation, 4950 W Kennedy Blvd., Suite 500, Tampa 33609.

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