St. Louis Post-Dispatch to Lay off 20 Employees

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Post-Dispatch will lay off 20 employees from production, marketing and the newsroom.

Publisher Kevin Mowbray issued a statement Friday calling the layoffs the result of a "national economic slump." He said the newspaper will continue to strive for quality print and online news coverage despite the layoffs.

The Post-Dispatch is owned by Davenport, Iowa-based Lee Enterprises, whose stock has declined since it bought Pulitzer Inc. in 2005. Pulitzer previously owned the Post-Dispatch.

In March, the newspaper announced 31 layoffs - none from the news department. And 60 Post-Dispatch employees took early retirement a year ago.

The Post-Dispatch is the largest of Lee's 50 daily newspapers.

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