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This just in: Local newscasts fill new time slots, run longer to fill void left by Oprah

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FARGO - Local TV news is on the upswing, at least in terms of quantity, and if you're looking for someone to thank, send the card to Oprah Winfrey in Chicago.

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The shake-up spurred by Oprah's retreat from daily syndication is one of many factors cited in explaining why local TV newscasts, the biggest source of news for most people based on studies of press consumption, have expanded across the U.S. in recent months.

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