Who says news is dead? Not the folks at Fox corporate who announced Wednesday that it's adding 29.5 hours of local news a week in nine markets.

That includes KMSP, Fox 9, which will account for four hours of the increase. Starting July 13, the Twin Cities station will air news shows from 10-11 a.m. and 10:30-11 p.m. on Sundays.

The more significant change will occur in early September, when Fox 9 adds a 6-6:30 p.m. news program Monday through Friday.

Other markets adding programming include Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix, Charlotte, Memphis, Atlanta and Austin, Texas.

"Uninformed critics say big companies are cutting local news," said Jack Abernethy, CEO for Fox Television stations. "However, the opposite is true at Fox. We are expanding in a big way."

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