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Brazil editor killed in rough border town

SAO PAULO (AP) -- The editor in chief of an independent newspaper and news website operating in a rough Brazilian border town has been shot and killed.

Police say Paulo Rodrigues was shot five times by two gunmen on a motorcycle as he drove late Sunday in the town of Ponta Pora, on the border with Paraguay. Nothing was stolen in the attack.

Rodrigues for years wrote on corruption among the political class in the border region in his Jornal da Praca newspaper. He also operated the Mercosul News website.

Authorities say there may be political motives behind the attack Sunday, but they're not ruling out anything.

Colleague Leo Veras says that while Rodrigues wrote scathing articles on corruption, he maintained a cordial relationship with politicians.

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