From Baylor Lariat:
Difficulties in getting information from government sources shouldn’t scare reporters off from following their stories, Hadassah Schloss, Cost Rules Administrator for the Open Records Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, told students at Baylor’s journalism awards banquet Tuesday.
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We have been disappointed in the 15 city leaders who have challenged the Texas Open Meetings Act in court since 2009. We think this is an effort to protect elected officials from doing the public’s business in the open.
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From San Antonio Current:
"I'm not inclined to be stepped on or stomped," Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson said this week, discussing his effort to keep emails from a private account in which he discusses official county business hidden.
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From Texas Watchdog:
Some documents went missing, and others were removed, altered and returned to the file for a contract with eight firms including Westco Ventures LLC — a company owned by a close friend of Trustee Paula Harris– an audit of the Houston schools procurement practices found.
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The Sinton Independent School District has sued the city of Sinton over plans to install two wind turbines at the high school campus.
The lawsuit, filed Monday, asks a state district judge for an injunction allowing the turbine project to move forward.
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While other states are finding evidence of school test score manipulation, the Texas Education Agency has managed to quash open records requests that would allow the public to investigate such a thing in this state.
In two recent open records requests, the TEA has successfully argued that the information that would make an investigation possible is not a public record.
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From The Houston Chronicle
This is news: Halliburton is being praised — yes, praised! — by political watchdog groups. The Houston-based multinational corporation, which has been blasted for a decade by liberals and good government groups for its close ties to the White House and the Pentagon, is now being held up as a model of openness.
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