- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1phfc9i ) is acquiring four weekly newspapers to increase its coverage of the Baton Rouge area as it continues to expand across south Louisiana.

The papers are the Zachary Plainsman-News in Zachary, The Watchman in East Feliciana Parish, The St. Francisville Democrat in West Feliciana Parish and The St. Helena Echo in Greensburg.

The terms of the agreement between Capital City Press - the parent company of The Advocate - and Louisiana State Newspapers weren’t disclosed.

The sale of the four newspapers includes the assets of their websites and a free “shopper” publication, the Zachary Plainsman-Xtra.

Advocate Publisher John Georges said the move builds upon the company’s strategy to give advertisers and readers more options for local news, in print and online.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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