The Baton Rouge Business Report last week reported that Advance Publications Inc.’s (New Orleans) Times-Picayune pulled out of the Louisiana Press Association and David Francis, associate publisher of the paper and the NOLA Media Group, resigned his position on the association’s board of directors.

The newspaper notified the LPA in a letter dated July 2.

Francis declined to comment the resns why, although LPA board members assime the move has its roots, at least in part, in the controversy that took place earlier this year when The Advocate successfully lobbied the Legislature to change state law so that it could compete to publish lucrative classified legal ads and public notices in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.

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