Court Hearing Monday Morning on ‘Tucson Citizen’ Closing

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By: Mark Fitzgerald

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for Monday morning on the Arizona attorney general’s request to stop the closure of the Tucson Citizen, which said it published its final print edition Saturday.

The hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. local time Monday in U.S. District Court in Tucson by Judge Raner C. Collins, said Stephen Hadland, the California newspaper publisher who originally urged the Arizona attorney general to stop the folding of the Gannett Co.-owned daily.

“I personally believe the Attorney General will prevail,” Hadland told E&P Sunday afternoon.

Gannett and its former joint operating agreement (JOA) partner in Tucson, Lee Enterprises, publisher of the Arizona Daily Star, both filed motions asking the judge to dismiss the request for a temporary restraining order on the closing.

Gannett has said the paper will continue on an online-only basis.

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