A St. Louis-based national sports publication is going through some tough times, laying off employees. The Sporting News has slashed its editorial staff by eight full-time people in recent weeks. In addition, two other staffers who recently left are not being replaced. The job cuts are part of an effort to reduce costs by more than half-a-million dollars over the rest of the year. In addition to the job cuts in St. Louis, The Sporting News has dropped its entire roster of baseball correspondents in each Major League city and it’s reduced the pay of its pro football correspondents in half.