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44 positions at newspaper eliminated

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The publisher of The Courier-Journal says
the newspaper has eliminated 44 jobs, or 7 percent of its work
force, as part of a broader reduction across Gannett Co. Inc.'s
local newspaper division.

Arnold Garson, president and publisher of the Louisville-based
newspaper, said Thursday on the newspaper's Web site there "were
no easy decisions left to be made" in looking for more ways cut
back.

The layoffs were the second round at The Courier-Journal and
Gannett since late last year.

The newspaper laid off 51 employees, including 17 who
volunteered for a severance package, in December as part of a
cutback among Gannett's local newspapers.

McLean, Va.-based Gannett had said it planned to cut 1,400 jobs
across the U.S. early this month, mostly by Thursday.

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