W.Va. papers plan to cooperate

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By: Lucia Moses Thomson Newspapers Inc. plans to restructure its West Virginia operations to expand its marketing reach in the region.
Under the new arrangement, Thomson's West Virginia newspapers, The Register-Herald in Beckley and Bluefield Daily Telegraph, will remain separate but work cooperatively.
The Register-Herald and Daily Telegraph have a combined circulation of 53,000 daily and 56,000 Sunday and employ more than 300 people.
They circulate in eight counties in West Virginia and four adjacent counties in Virginia.
Daily Telegraph publisher Steve Smith, was named president and CEO of Thomson West Virginia-Virginia, a new group that will oversee the two dailies and several weekly, monthly, and quarterly publications.
The change eliminates the position of publisher at the Register-Herald held by Rob Hammond, who is leaving the company. Smith says there are no plans to cut staff further.

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