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Furor over Kansas newspaper raid highlights broader threat

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A stack of the latest weekly edition of the Marion County Record sits in the back of the newspaper's building, awaiting unbundling, sorting and distribution, Wednesday, Aug. 16, in Marion, Kansas. The newspaper's front page was dedicated to two stories about a raid by local police on its offices and the publisher's home on Aug. 11. (John Hanna/AP Photo)
By Mary Coltrane and Dee Anne Finken Guest Writers
News of the police raid at the Marion County Record in Kansas on Aug. 11 ignited outrage across the

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