Wednesday, April 1, 2009

LANCASTER, PA. (AP) - This is a test-d of the Associated Press and not intended for Publication or Broadcasting.

Two daily newspapers in central Pennsylvania are consolidating their operations to publish a single morning edition starting in June.

Officials of Lancaster Newspapers Inc. say the Intelligencer Journal and the Lancaster New Era will begin publishing a single edition Monday through Saturday starting June 29. The Lancaster New Era is currently an afternoon paper.

Company officials say they will cut about 60 full-time jobs and 40 part-time jobs over the next few months as operations are streamlined.

Lancaster Newspapers president Harold E. Miller says the decision came as a result of the economic downturn and increased operating expenses related to publishing two papers with separate staffs.

The company’s Sunday paper, the Lancaster Sunday News, is unaffected.

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