UPDATE 1-Chrysler cutting production, to shut minivan plant

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(Adds details and background) DETROIT, June 30 (Reuters) - Chrysler LLC plans to cut production by closing a U.S. minivan plant and extending summer shutdowns at some of its other factories as the automaker battles slow vehicle sales amid record high gas prices. Chrysler will "indefinitely idle" the St. Louis South minivan assembly plant, effective Oct. 31, due to volume declines in the total minivan vehicle segment, Tom LaSorda, Chrysler's senior executive in charge of manufacturing ...

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