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Globe Gazette in Mason City Cuts Jobs

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MASON CITY (AP) - The Globe Gazette in Mason City has laid off nine full-time employees and will leave six open full- and part-time positions unfilled.

Globe Gazette publisher Howard Query blamed the layoffs on the struggling local and national economy. He says readership of the newspaper and its Web site remains stable.

The job cuts were announced Wednesday.

The Globe Gazette is one of 54 daily newspapers owned by Davenport-based Lee Enterprises, which on Tuesday reported a 69 percent drop in first-quarter earnings.

Most newspaper publishers are facing similar problems, with some such as Chicago-based Tribune opting to seek bankruptcy protection because of falling advertising revenues.