Roundup: Newspaper companies merge / Louisiana Arts Summit / Local makes national team 

    Major merger: USA Today publisher Gannett Co. is nearing a deal to combine with rival GateHouse Media, a move that would join the nation’s two largest newspaper groups by circulation at a time local media is in a battle for survival, The Wall Street Journal reports. GateHouse is currently the largest newspaper publisher in the U.S. by titles owned, with 156 dailies and 464 weeklies, most of which are in small markets. It is No. 2 by circulation, behind Gannett, which owns 109 dailies, including several Louisiana newspapers. Read the full story. 

    Rescheduled: The Louisiana Arts Summit will now be held at Louisiana Art & Science Museum on July 29-30, with a reception featuring artist Xavier Cortada at the Capitol Park Museum on Monday at 6 p.m. The conference pushed back in response to Hurricane Barry. Registrations for the previous date will be honored and new attendees can register for the summit online. The public can register to attend one or both days of the summit.

    Taiwan bound: Jack Rupert, a 12-year-old from Baton Rouge, will be playing outfield and first base for the USA Baseball boys’ 12U National Team, which will be competing in the Baseball World Cup in Taiwan beginning next Friday. WAFB-TV has the full story.

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