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Calif. newspaper publisher Hays dies in Mo. at 94

Calif. newspaper publisher Hays, crusader for courtroom access, dies in Mo. at 94 By The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) ' Long-time California newspaper publisher and Associated Press board member Howard H "Tim" Hays has died in St. Louis.

Hays' stewardship of The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, Calif., for a half-century included a First Amendment fight resulting in two landmark Supreme Court rulings ensuring open courtrooms throughout the country.

Hays died Friday after a period in declining health due to Alzheimer's. He was 94.

The Harvard University-trained lawyer was editor of The Press-Enterprise for nearly all his 51 years there. He grew daily circulation from 18,000 in 1946 to 167,000 in 1997, when the newspaper was sold.

Along the way, the newspaper collected a Pulitzer Prize for community service for a series of more than 100 stories exposing corruption in the courts by judges and lawyers who were conservators for the estates of local Indian tribe members.

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