Department of Justice approves newspaper merger

Northwest Arkansas newspapers will merge Nov. 1

Monday, October 26, 2009

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Clockwise from top-left: Jeff Jeffus, a vice president with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Inc., will continue to run the Democrat-Gazette operations in addition to being president of the new company; Rusty Turner, editor of The Morning News, will continue in that role, but his duties will expand to include the papers other than the Northwest edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; Susan Scantlin will remain editor of the Northwest edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; Tom Stallbaumer, publisher of The Morning News, will remain publisher for all the daily and weekly newspapers except for the Northwest edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
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Clockwise from top-left: Jeff Jeffus, a vice president with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Inc., will continue to run the Democrat-Gazette operations in addition to being president of the new company; Rusty Turner, editor of The Morning News, will continue in that role, but his duties will expand to include the papers other than the Northwest edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; Susan Scantlin will remain editor of the Northwest edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; Tom Stallbaumer, publisher of The Morning News, will remain publisher for all the daily and weekly newspapers except for the Northwest edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The Justice Department has closed its investigation related to failing newspapers in Northwest Arkansas, clearing the way for a joint venture to move forward, officials of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Inc. and Stephens Media LLC announced.


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