TUCSON, Ariz. (AP)
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Arizona attorney general's office failed to show that the Citizen's owner, Gannett Co., violated antitrust laws.
The state has contended that closing the Citizen with Saturday's issue is eliminating competition and fostering a monopoly situation for Gannett and Lee Enterprises, publisher of the city's Arizona Daily Star.
The two companies own Tucson Newspapers Inc., which runs the non-editorial functions for both newspapers. They split costs and profits.
The state contends Gannett stopped publishing the Citizen simply to make more money for the partnership.
The state hasn't decided whether to appeal.
Gannett will continue the Citizen as a commentary Web site, without news coverage, and distribute a printed Citizen editorial weekly with the Star.