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Utah AG office probing newspapers' JOA deal

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah attorney general's office is investigating the latest changes to The Salt Lake Tribune's joint operating agreement with the Deseret News.

Office spokeswoman Missy Larsen confirmed Friday night the agreement is under investigation.

Citizens for Two Voices, which includes former Tribune employees, issued a statement saying it had met with attorneys from the AG's office to discuss the latest changes and welcomed the investigation.

The group also filed a federal lawsuit Monday to suspend and repeal the deal, saying the terms violated federal antitrust laws and undermine The Tribune's role as an independent voice.

The six-decade-old agreement was changed in October. Among other things, the deal slashed in half The Tribune's revenues from the partnership.

The Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1p37Ec7 ) the U.S. Department of Justice also is scrutinizing the latest changes.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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