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PROVIDENCE — A freedom-of-information coalition in Rhode Island is raising red flags over the “blanket” secrecy Attorney General Peter Neronha promised the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence in a...
Ever wonder who owns the empty house at the end of the block? Or whether the water in your child’s school has been tested for lead – and what those results are? Or whether your neighbor has ever been...
Our political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common ground for conservatives and progressives. Transparency — keeping the light on the people’s business — ought to...
Charlottesville officials are reviewing an administrative policy to standardize responses and charges for open records requests. In its current form, the proposed policy would charge requesters in 15...
Minnesota’s judicial branch is pulling the plug on an ambitious software project that would have given the public remote online access to court records statewide. The project, approved in 2017 and...
LEADVILLE — After a week filled with pushback from water managers and users, especially on the Western Slope, the director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board has decided to hold upcoming...
When The Wake Weekly requested public records from the town of Youngsville pertaining to recent personnel changes at the police department, the newspaper’s staff was shocked when the town asked for...
ST. PAUL — Is the Minnesota Legislature serious about giving the public more insight into how lawmakers decide how to spend their tax money? State Rep. Gene Pelowski hopes so. The Winona Democrat is...
A Paonia environmental activist who helped persuade state lawmakers to pass an anti-SLAPP law during this year’s legislative session won a Colorado Court of Appeals victory Thursday against the oil...
The South Dakota Unified Judicial System is piloting a program that will eventually allow the public access to court records from any computer. The public can now only view court records on computers...
Open government proponents in Connecticut, citing major new barriers to access public records, are concerned that state and local politicians have weakened the Freedom of Information Act significantly...
ATLANTA — When he was mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed’s relationship with the news media was notoriously contentious. He was the kind of politician who punched back when he felt punched. He was well...
Police who exercise arrest powers at private universities should abide by the same transparency standards as all other law-enforcement agencies, a coalition of open-government advocates argues in a...
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -- One city in eastern Iowa is not saying why it fired its city clerk, a move that could leave taxpayers on the hook for her unemployment benefits. It's one of several...
While South Dakota has made progress on opening government records to the public, more needs to be done. That was one of the conclusions from a panel discussion about open records hosted Friday by the...