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The "newspaper publication" requirement for legal notices has become a lifeline for small papers. They have a lobby trying to keep it from going away.[1] Of course, nobody reads those things; they look up the info online.

[1] https://apnews.com/7c871e1cae4f481db7ca1326a729a38c/fight-ag...

I can confirm this. It was/has been a major source of revenue since the recession around '07-'08.

I have a friend who works exclusively on reducing the size of such publications, finding newspapers that charge less, etc. It is funny that his business is still growing when there are so many newspapers closing the doors

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