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Hearing set on Citizen antitrust motion

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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2009 3:06 pm | Updated: 2:53 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

 TUCSON — A federal judge in Tucson has set a hearing for Monday afternoon on a request by Arizona's attorney general to block the closure of the Tucson Citizen.

The Citizen, Arizona's oldest daily paper, officially ceased publishing Saturday.

U.S. District Judge Raner Collins set the hearing for 1:45 p.m. MST after a closed in-chambers conference with lawyers.

Late Friday, Attorney General Terry Goddard's office filed a lawsuit alleging that the Citizen's owner, Gannett Co., and Lee Enterprises Inc., publisher of the morning Arizona Daily Star, had violated antitrust laws in agreeing to halt the Citizen.

The complaint said that Gannett and Lee were closing the Citizen to increase profits to both companies, and doing so would "substantially lessen competition."

The state sought to prevent the dismissal of editorial staff and actions that reduce publication or distribution of the Citizen as a six-day-a-week afternoon newspaper.

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