Chronicle Cuts

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Chronicle announced Tuesday that it's
begun laying off about 12 percent of its work force in a cost-cutting move.

In a story posted Tuesday on the newspaper's Web site, Publisher and President Jack Sweeney blames the cuts on changes in the newspaper industry.

Sweeney noted that companies in all industries are being forced to cut jobs and slash expenses. "The Houston Chronicle must do the same in spite of our diligent efforts," he said in a message to Chronicle employees.

Sweeney did not specify how many jobs are to be cut or what departments they serve. Laid off workers will receive two weeks pay
for each year of service, up to one year's pay. They also will be offered career transition services.

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