Who’s filling the local news void in Philly’s suburbs?

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The Pottstown Mercury and the Times Herald of Norristown, both owned by Alden Global Capital, often publish the same stories by the same reporters. On a recent Monday, Evan Brandt had front page stories in both papers. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The Pottstown Mercury and the Times Herald of Norristown, both owned by Alden Global Capital, often publish the same stories by the same reporters. On a recent Monday, Evan Brandt had front page stories in both papers. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

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