LUFKIN, Texas (AP) Cox Newspapers says it has sold two East Texas daily newspapers.

The Atlanta-based media chain said The Lufkin Daily News and The Daily Sentinel of Nacogdoches have been sold to Houston-based Southern Newspapers. The companies revealed no sale price, but the Lufkin newspaper reports the transaction is expected to close at the end of this month.

The Lufkin daily won the Pulitzer Prize Public Service Award in 1977 for a series of articles on the death of a local recruit at a U.S. Marine Corps training camp.

Southern Newspapers also owns the Galveston County Daily News, The Facts in Brazoria County, and the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, among other Texas newspapers.

Cox still owns the Austin American-Statesman, Waco Tribune-Herald, Longview News-Journal and Marshall News-Messenger.

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