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C-130 Planes May Stay In North Texas For Next Two Years

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FORT WORTH (AP) — It seems that eight Texas Air National Guard cargo transport planes used for post-hurricane evacuations will remain in Texas — at least until 2014.

A Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee Tuesday approved a $604 billion defense spending bill that reverses proposed Pentagon cuts in Air Force personnel and equipment. The proposal included moving the C-130 Hercules planes from Fort Worth’s Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in two years.

The full committee is expected to vote later this week.

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says the legislation allows lawmakers time to work with the Defense and Air Force secretaries on a long-term plan.

Gulf Coast governors say the big transport planes have carried more than 3,100 people and delivered more than 900 tons of emergency supplies since 2005.

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