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Johnson Controls takes secret data case to Minn. Supreme Court

From Minnesota Public Radio: ROSEVILLE, Minn. — The company hired to oversee a major reconstruction project for the St. Louis County Schools will argue today before the Minnesota Supreme Court that certain data involved in the project is not subject to the state's open records law. read more ...
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Records: NM politico pushed judge appointments

From The Public Opinion: Records show that a political figure at the center of a Las Cruces judicial scandal was in regular contact with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's staff to offer input on appointments to the bench in Dona Ana County. read more ...
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Telegraph argues public’s right to know outweighs Spader’s right to privacy

From The Telegraph: Sometimes it seems like every part of Steven Spader’s twisted life is public. We know what he did the night of Oct. 4, 2009 on Trow Road in Mont Vernon. We know he bragged about the brutal murder, planned it meticulously, ...
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Public has no legal right to police logs, say attorneys general

From seacoastonline.com: There is no law in New Hampshire, or Maine, that says police departments have to publish logs on a regular basis that itemize police activity. [...] read more ...
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Editorial: Supreme Court erodes access to open records

Editorial from The Sacramento Bee: Public records have cleansing power, as Nevada is discovering. The U.S. Supreme Court doesn't seem interested. [...] Eight states have included residents-only clauses in their public records act. Nevada is not among them. But recent experience shows the importance of being able to access another state's public documents ...
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You have no right to state workers’ numbers

From The Morning Call: [...] A state court recently said Pennsylvania government offices don't have to provide the public with all of the phone numbers and email addresses assigned to their employees. read more ...
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Prison watchdog demands info on CCA

From Courthouse News Service: AUSTIN (CN) - Prison Legal News sued the Corrections Corporation of America, the nation's largest private prison contractor, for records about its contracts in Texas and lawsuits filed against CCA there. [...] read more ...
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Judge dismisses AL.com lawsuit seeking Birmingham Airport Authority records

From AL.com: BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - At AL.com's request, a judge this morning dismissed the media company's lawsuit, including a temporary restraining order issued in the case, that had sought public records from the Birmingham Airport Authority regarding a flight information display that collapsed and killed a 10-year-old boy in March. read more ...
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Editorial: Bring transparency to King County Housing Authority’s shadow agency

Editorial from The Seattle Times: Last November, the King County Housing Authority quietly granted a 30-year lease on 509 of its apartment units to an obscure nonprofit agency called Moving King County Residents Forward. read more ...
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NMSU regents change search timeline

From Las Cruces Sun-News: The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has advised New Mexico State University regents they would violate the state's Open Meeting Act if they negotiated with a presidential candidate over the weekend before publicly announcing their choice. read more ...
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