The Utah attorney general's office is investigating the renegotiated joint-operating agreement between The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News.
Missy Larsen, spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, confirmed Friday night that they have an open investigation into the JOA, but she could not offer further details.
Citizens for Two Voices, a group that includes former Tribune employees, said in a statement that members met with attorneys from the AG's office "to discuss the group's allegation that the newspaper agreement violates antitrust law."
"We welcome an inquiry by the State," said Karra Porter, attorney for Citizens for Two Voices, in the statement. "The State of Utah has a strong interest in maintaining diverse media voices and protecting consumers."