newspaper_1.jpgRENO, Nev. (AP) _ The Justice Department has settled a lawsuit with a national newspaper chain over an alleged violation of the Fair Housing Act by one of its Nevada newspapers that ran an advertisement for rental housing with “no kids'' allowed.

The Silver State Fair Housing Council filed the complaint in November 2008 against Lee Enterprises Inc., the Iowa-based publisher of the Elko Daily Free Press and 48 other daily newspapers.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Perez says the settlement will help eliminate the “atmosphere of intolerance created by discriminatory advertisements.''

Perez says it requires the defendants to screen out such ads, undergo training on the Fair Housing Act and post notices informing readers about it.

Officials for Lee Enterprises and the Elko paper said Friday they had no comment.