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      Three Michigan Air Traffic Control towers to close

      Three air traffic control towers in Michigan are among 149 nationwide that will be closed due to federal budget cuts.

      The federal aviation administration announced Friday that it will close towers at W.K. Kellogg in Battle Creek, Coleman A. Young in Detroit and Sawyer International in Marquette County??s Sands Township. All of the affected airports will remain open.

      Pilots will be left to coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves over a shared radio frequency with no help from ground controllers.

      That??s something they are trained to do, but airport directors have raised concerns about the potential impact on safety.