Cox Communications, denying press reports, said it has no plans to shut down the afternoon daily Atlanta Journal
, where circulation tumbled 7.8% in the six-month period ending in March to 128,875. "Like all publishers we are concerned about the trend for the afternoon papers but we have formulated no plans to close it down at this point," said Dennis Berry, publisher of the Atlanta Journal & Constitution
. The papers publish combined weekend editions. During the week, the morning Constitution
saw its Monday-to-Thursday circulation slip 2.7% to 300,890.
Ford aids AFV drive
Ford Motor Co. said it will help 100 new dealers to sell alternative fuel vehicles with incentives of up to $3,255. It is part of its plans to significantly increase sales of vehicles that run on natural gas, methanol, ethanol and propane in the next year. The dealers will undergo the training and certification process to become AFV dealers. In addition, Ford purchase incentives include $1,220 on the Ford F-Series natural gas vehicle (NGV), $2,440 on the Econoline and Club Wagon NGV vans and $3,255 on the Ford Crown Victoria NGV.