When the news came out recently that AOL is selling a majority stake in Patch to Hale Global, it marked a new phase in the roughly four-year history of the hyperlocal news network in Rhode Island.

While there has been no specific plan released for the nine staffers running the 15 local sites [originally 16 sites, each with its own Local Editor], Hale has announced that it plans to keep the existing 900 sites running.

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