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Kentucky to pay papers nearly $700K to settle open records suit

Kentucky will pay the state's two largest newspapers nearly $700,000 to settle a long-running dispute over access to records of child abuse deaths and serious injuries.

The agreement ends seven years of litigation that resulted in far-reaching public access to state social service records in cases where children die or are seriously injured by abuse or neglect.

"We've been successful in changing the system for the benefit of children in Kentucky," said Jon Fleischaker, a lawyer for the Courier-Journal. "It's been a hugely successful endeavor." Continue…