NBC affiliate KSDK-TV in St. Louis is among the local news operations to make new hires and add equipment as part of a news ramp up. Stations are introducing early-morning programs and adding afternoon shows to take the place of "Oprah." The local outlets are benefiting from a combination of an ad resurgence, cash from retransmission consent fees and the impact of the downturn in motivating management to rethink their news operations.

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