• Jul 30, 2015, 08:21 AM

    PRC ruling keeps 49¢ stamp around for eight more months

    The cash-hungry United States Postal Service has won what is described as an eight-month extension on its current stamp prices. That is the effect of a July 29 ruling by the Postal Regulatory Commission, which held that the USPS is entitled to an additional $1.191 billion under the emergency price hike it was granted on Dec. 24, 2013.

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    Jul 29, 2015, 16:17 PM

    Town drops effort to install stamplike mosaic on post office

    After much publicity, and many Kickstarter donations, the plug has been pulled on the effort to put in place a stamp mosaic on the facade of the Tietion, WA, post office.

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    Jul 24, 2015, 09:57 AM

    Gyrocopter pilot could face trial over U.S. Capitol landing

    The former USPS worker from Florida who landed a tiny gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol April 15 seems likely to face a trial on charges growing out of the incident. Lawyers told a judge July 22 that Douglas Hughes, 61, had rejected an offer of a 10-month prison sentence over his celebrated protest that showed Washington’s vulnerability to small aircraft.

  • Jul 24, 2015, 09:07 AM

    USPS pushes back against call to restore 2012 mail delivery standards

    When a group of 26 members of the House of Representatives voted this summer to add a provision to an appropriations bill that would require the United States Postal Service to restore mail deliveries to the standards in place in 2012, the action attracted little attention.

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    Jul 23, 2015, 16:35 PM

    Town fights USPS over stamplike mosaic design

    The Tieton, Wash., post office is a simple 1935 cement block building with a slat wood facade. Townsfolk in the agricultural community of 1,200 in central Washington believe the post office could become a landmark, if only the United States Postal Service would allow them to cover the front with a stamp-like mosaic.

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    Jul 20, 2015, 12:28 PM

    Postal Service IG criticizes creation, distribution of upright Jenny panes

    The inspector general of the United States Postal Service has sharply criticized the agency’s creation of the 100 panes of upright Jenny Invert stamps that were supposed to be randomly distributed along with the 2.2 million normal $2 Jenny Invert panes in 2013.

  • canada-permanent-rate-flower
    Jul 15, 2015, 13:26 PM

    Canada Post plans 2016 postage rate increase

    Canada Post has proposed an increase in postage rates to take effect Jan. 11, 2016. The plan calls for the price of mailing a domestic letter to go up to 90¢, from the current rate of 85¢.

  • bill-mcallister
    Jul 13, 2015, 10:51 AM

    Postal Service struggling to meet mail delivery performance goals

    A new government report is likely to fuel concerns that mail deliveries are suffering because the United States Postal Service continues to struggle with what its regulator has termed “the new normal.”

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    Jul 7, 2015, 09:56 AM

    USPS unable to show savings from stamps printed on unsoakable paper

    The United States Postal Service is unable to document cost savings from its decision to print postage stamps on paper that cannot be soaked off envelopes. That’s the conclusion of the agency’s response to a Freedom of Information Act request Linn’s filed with the agency May 11 at the suggestion of a former senior postal official.