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Chattem closed the sale of its Ban deodorant line to the Andrew Jergens Co. for $160 million in cash plus up to an additional $6.5 million contingent on 2001 and 2002 sales.

Amtrak to Chisholm-Mingo Group, New York, as its first multicultural agency of record, handling ads for the African-American and Hispanic markets.

The Los Angeles Times eliminated 45 advertising jobs as part of a series of cost-cutting moves the week of Sept. 14. The Tribune Co. newspaper also closed down its ''Our Times'' community news sections the week of Sept. 14, resulting in the elimination of 125 jobs.

Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television & Radio Artists will continue talks with advertising industry representatives Sept. 18 in New York in an effort to end the 41/2-month commercial actors strike. It's the fourth day representatives from the advertising industry and the actors' unions have met since the week of Sept. 14.

Copyright September 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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