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(Richmond, IN)--Another round of cuts to reporters has come to the Palladium-Item.  Rachel Sheeley, who had been with the local paper for more than 25 years, was let go Wednesday.  Also gone is reporter Millie Martin-Emery.  The paper’s only photographer, Josh Smith, had been with the Palladium for nearly 20 years.  That run also came to an end Wednesday.  Sports writer Don Tincher was also handed a pink slip.  Long-time sports writer Mike Lopresti Wednesday called the reduction in local coverage “a crime” and “a disgrace.”  Wednesday’s cuts leave the Palladium with only four reporters.  All are male, and one of them is dedicated to sports.  In the 2006 Chamber of Commerce directory, the Palladium is listed as having 145 employees.  The Palladium-Item and its parent company, Gannett, hadmade no mention of Wednesday’s cuts by Thursday morning.

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