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The Spokane Daily Chronicle and the Spokesman-Review have merged...

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane Daily Chronicle and the Spokesman-Review have merged newsrooms after operating separately for a century.

Staffs from both papers reported Monday to the same newsroom together for the first time.

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The newspapers still will be published as the Chronicle in the afternoon and the Review in the morning, but no longer will a reporter from each paper cover the same stories.

Both newspapers are owned by the Cowles family of Spokane. William H. Cowles III is publisher of the Review and president of the Chronicle.

'Both newspapers have always done what they've done because we thought we were acting in the best interests of the community, specifically our readers,' Cowles said.

The papers' editors said now that they no longer compete against each other the staff can be better used to compete for a larger market.

Toward that end, the newspaper announced plans to add three staffers and a photographer to its bureau in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and to open a new bureau in Washington, D.C.

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