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NEWSPAPERS MERGE IN PROVIDENCE

The Evening Bulletin, founded to give readers updates on the Civil War, will merge with The Providence Journal on June 5.

The Providence Journal Co.'s board of directors approved the merger in response to rising production costs, the company said.

The consolidated paper, to be called The Providence Journal-Bulletin, will publish in the morning seven days a week. About 60 circulation, delivery and newsroom jobs will be lost through attrition, early retirement and transfers, along with about 400 carrier routes.

Circulation of the two papers is 182,000, including about 70,000 Evening Bulletins. Circulation is expected to drop by about 4,000 immediately after the conversion.

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