TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey authorities overseeing the state's multibillion-dollar business tax credit programs should have been more diligent before awarding $260 million to a firm that gave...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A court decision could force the University of Michigan to open the records of a doctor who is considered by critics to be an influential voice in anti-immigration...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Trump administration's Market Facilitation Program is meant to compensate farmers for income they've lost due to the U.S. trade war with China. Data provided to The...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Documents released Wednesday show the National Security Agency improperly collected phone records four months after it said it had fixed technical problems that caused another...
Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Arkansas newspapers:
Southwest Times Record. June 23, 2019.
Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Josephine Linker Hart last week perfectly summed...
DUNBAR, W.Va. (AP) — A police report says a Virginia fugitive died from injuries suffered in a police chase in West Virginia.
The Charleston Gazette Mail reports Dunbar police have been...
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man is suing Horry County police for not providing him with evidence from his case.
The Sun News reports John Kubilis is accusing the department of...
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that some internal court records are not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A Cornell University student is suing a South Carolina county, saying officials are violating the state's Freedom of Information Act by charging excessive fees.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The late Associated Press South Carolina Bureau Chief John Shurr has been inducted into the South Carolina Press Association Hall of Fame.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A news organization's review has found that parking tickets at Eastern Michigan University have increased at the school since a private company took over...
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois State Police troopers are taking a hard line against distracted drivers but Chicago police officers aren't really enforcing the law barring drivers from using mobile...
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The school board of Norfolk, Virginia, has once again held a meeting in violation of the state's Freedom of Information Act.
Report: Ex-Putin adviser who died in US had broken neck
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released documents show that a former adviser to Russia's president sustained a complete fracture of his neck "at or near the time of his death" in a Washington hotel room...
Pocan threatens to sue ICE over September sweep records
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan is threatening to sue U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials if they don't provide more records related to a September sweep that resulted in...
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of congressional leaders said Tuesday that the Interior Department's plan to clamp down on public records requests would undermine government transparency and...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A state judge ruled that the financial records of the group that represents Republicans in the South Carolina House are not public records.
Governor tightens Michigan FOIA rules, except for her office
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a directive Friday aimed at making it easier to obtain public documents from state departments but stopped short of taking the same action for the governor's office, one of just two nationwide wholly exempt from open-records laws.
Interior proposal to limit records requests draws challenge
WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for a free press are challenging an Interior Department proposal to limit requests for access to public records under the federal Freedom of Information Act, saying Thursday the moves would "clamp down on transparency."
Audit finds deteriorating infrastructure at Naval Academy
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An audit has found that the Naval Academy has decaying walls, plumbing issues and condemned offices and balconies.
Oversight board won’t release video of hospital shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability says it won't release video or audio tapes of the November shooting at a hospital that left a police officer, doctor, pharmacy resident and the suspected shooter dead.
In a statement Tuesday, COPA said it's basing its decision on an exemption cited in the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The agency says it's being sensitive to the families of the victims.
County estimates $75,000 for records; cities offer for free
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — One coastal South Carolina government wanted to charge a newspaper $75,000 for a public records request that other governments filled for free.
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach used a Freedom of Information Act request to ask for all records on payments to settle lawsuits or threats to sue over the past five years.
State should disclose inmate-death records: Access counselor
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner's corrections agency has refused to release public records about a prison altercation that led to the homicide of a 65-year-old inmate and forced the paid suspension of at least four correctional officers.
Police: 23 complaints about Alpha Sigma Phi frat house noise
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Police records show a University of Michigan fraternity received two noise citations even though 23 calls were made over the past year about partying at its off-campus house.
The Ann Arbor News reported Wednesday from a Freedom of Information Act request that police also investigated whether a "40-yard dash" was run over the backs of some members.
Michigan businesses are discharging contaminants into water
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan businesses are discharging large amounts of chemical contaminants into the state's waterways every day, according to a newspaper investigation.
State officials began testing 93 treatment plants in February through an Industrial Pretreatment Program to examine discharge being sent by commercial customers.
Letter alerted Michigan officials to hidden infant corpses
DETROIT (AP) — An anonymous letter informed Michigan officials that they could find "a bunch of infant corpses" hidden in a crawl space of a closed Detroit funeral home, according to state records.
Illinois attorney general hopefuls pledge records access
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Candidates for Illinois attorney general in the Nov. 6 election pledge to tackle a backlog of appeals on denied public-records requests.
The attorney general's public access counselor was created in 2010 to referee bureaucrats' rejections under the Freedom of Information Act .
Lawsuit seeks W.Va. AG Morrisey’s pharma industry records
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit seeks to force Republican U.S. Senate nominee Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia to release public records related to his communications with the pharmaceutical industry.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee filed suit Monday in Kanawha County Circuit Court against Morrisey, who is running against Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin on Nov. 6.
Paper: South Carolina spends $17,000 on abortion suit
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has paid a private law firm more than $17,000 so far to fight a lawsuit after Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the state Medicaid plan to stop paying Planned Parenthood for services.
McMaster says he made the move to prevent any state money from going to fund abortions. Planned Parenthood says the less than $100,000 it receives goes only toward family planning and other women's health services and not to abortions.
Senate hopeful Raybould seeks USDA records on Fischer
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Jane Raybould is requesting correspondence and any records of financial assistance between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a Nebraska ranch co-owned by Republican U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer.
Raybould submitted the Freedom of Information Act request Tuesday as part of her ongoing criticism of Fischer, a first-term incumbent in a GOP-dominated state.
Army says pilots in fatal Hawaii crash were disoriented
HONOLULU (AP) — An Army investigation into a fatal helicopter crash found the pilots became disoriented during nighttime training off Hawaii last year. All five soldiers on board were killed in the Aug. 15, 2017 crash.
Virginia to keep medical cannabis licensing process secret
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The state panel that will award Virginia's first five medical marijuana licenses will keep the application review process confidential.
US rejects request for information on Idaho wolf attacks
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Investigations into livestock deaths in Idaho blamed on wolves don't have to be made public, the U.S. government says.
The U.S. Department of Justice in documents filed Thursday in U.S. District Court said the reports requested by an environmental group contain information that's exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests.
UNC-Chapel Hill spends $21 million on academic scandal
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — UNC-Chapel Hill has spent $21 million on investigations, public relations and legal bills connected to the six-year academic scandal at the school.
The university's total bill came from a Freedom of Information Act request from The News & Observer of Raleigh.
Arkansas Democratic official sues over AG’s personnel file
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas Democratic Party official is asking a judge to require the state Department of Human Services to release Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's entire personnel file from her time as a lawyer for the agency.
Party Communications Director Reed Brewer filed a Freedom of Information Act complaint Friday seeking records that weren't previously released in Rutledge's file. Rutledge, a Republican, worked at the department for a little over a year before leaving in 2007.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has ousted a Virginia Board of Pharmacy member and civic activist accused of using her credentials to access a closed site near the Mountain Valley Pipeline route.
HASTINGS, Mich. (AP) — A police sergeant who says he was ridiculed on the job in western Michigan after a genetic test showed he was part black has settled a lawsuit over his treatment for $65,000.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Saturday released a set of documents once deemed top secret relating to the wiretapping of a onetime adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
The New York Times reported that the documents involving former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page were released to the Times and several other media organizations that had filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to obtain them. The FBI later posted the documents to its FOIA website online.
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida online publication asked a federal appeals court to order a trial be held on its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking FBI documents that may reveal a U.S.-based support network for the 9/11 hijackers.
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida online publication asked a federal appeals court Thursday to order a trial be held on its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking FBI documents that may reveal a U.S.-based support network for the 9/11 hijackers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's handling of public records requests (all times local):
Environmental Protection Agency Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson is defending his agency's handling of records requests under the Freedom of Information Act.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A newly released report shows that Pittsburgh Zoo staff raised concerns about a child falling through an opening into an African painted dog exhibit on at least six separate occasions before a fatal mauling in 2012.
Freedom of Information Act training to be offered
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Four free training sessions will be offered to help citizens, media representatives and public employees learn more about gaining access to public records under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.
The Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council will host the sessions, beginning later this month.
MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — The family of a northern Virginia man fatally shot by U.S. Park Police last year after a short chase is seeking the release of documents surrounding the investigation.
Lawyers for Bijan Ghaisar's family announced Tuesday they have filed a series of Freedom of Information Act requests on the Park Police and the FBI, which is investigating the shooting. Both agencies have said little about the shooting, despite prodding from elected officials.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia tourism officials paid the reality show "The Bachelorette" more than $500,000 to film an episode of the show in Richmond.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch filed a Freedom of Information Act request to learn that the Virginia Tourism Corporation paid $536,000 in incentives to lure the popular ABC show to Virginia.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Police in one South Carolina city are phasing out in-car dashboard cameras in favor of body cameras.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The former chief of staff to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations will collect $130,500 for unused vacation and sick time, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
A 40-year state employee, Timothy Mapes will be reimbursed for 91 vacation days and will get half-pay for 146 sick days for a payout of $130,516.28, according to records disclosed under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top political appointees of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt directed that they review in advance all of the public records released by the agency under the Freedom of Information Act, according to EPA emails disclosed Monday by a senior House Democrat.