Journal Register Co. Can Pay Part of its Newsprint Bill, Judge Says

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A bankruptcy court judge says newspaper publisher Journal Register Co. can pay part of a $2.7 million newsprint bill that will allow it to keep printing.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper has given the owner of the New Haven Register in Connecticut and other newspapers permission to pay Canada-based Kruger Inc.

A lawyer warns that the company would run out of newsprint within two weeks without the payment.

In a hearing in New York on Tuesday, the judge also has approved the appointment of Robert Conway as interim CEO, replacing James Hall.

The Yardley, Pa.-based newspaper owner filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors on Feb. 21 with a reorganization plan that had been pre-negotiated with lenders.

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