Hope, But No Deal for JRC's Community Papers

Connecticut Lawmakers Look to Keep the Local Presses Running

There is some hope for the New Britain Herald and the Bristol Press after a meeting Friday between state lawmakers and the state commissioner of the department of economic and community development.

They met behind closed doors to consider what they might be able to do to improve the position of either of the papers, which are expected to close in January if a buyer does not come forward.

Both dailies are currently owned by the Journal Register Company, which also owns several weekly papers,

Lawmakers say they know of at least two buyers who have expressed interest but no other details were made available.

The politicians were quick to point out that there is no 'bail out' being considered. They are simply discussing what state and local programs or incentives might be available to sweeten the deal.

No one from the Press, The Herald or the Journal Register was included in the meeting.

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