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Official arrested, accused of breaking open records law

Oct. 18, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

SELBY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota county auditor accused of failing to make documents available for a public meeting was arrested and charged with violating the state's open meetings law, in a rare move seen as extreme by some media and open-government experts. Walworth County State's Attorney James Hare...

Trump signs executive orders focused on agency guidance

Oct. 9, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders designed to improve transparency when government agencies enforce guidance on how best to comply with a particular law or regulation. The White House framed the executive orders as protecting Americans from government overreach....

Group sues US for details about impact of grazing program

Sep. 25, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. government is keeping details secret about a cattle grazing program in six Western states that could be harming habitat and endangered species, an environmental group says. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Western Watersheds Project said the Interior...

Army redacts report on Texas training that killed 9

Sep. 23, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Army is not publicly releasing its full investigation into a 2016 training session at a Texas military base that left nine people dead, arguing it has the right to protect privacy and not reveal its deliberations. Eight soldiers and a West Point cadet died when their vehicle...

Universal has utility workers sign nondisclosure agreements

Sep. 18, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Workers for a city-owned utility have signed nondisclosure agreements with Universal Orlando Resort, but open-government experts say it may go against the state's public records laws. A Universal spokesman tells the Orlando Sentinel the company is only protecting trade secrets as it...

Resignation of Oregon public records advocate stirs doubts

Sep. 12, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown came to office pledging greater government transparency, and in 2017 pushed the Legislature to create a first-ever public records advocate. Now, the abrupt resignation of advocate Ginger McCall, who accused Brown's general counsel of undue influence and unethical...

Official wants independence for new Oregon transparency role

Sep. 10, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon official who is resigning her job aimed at making government more transparent is urging her successors to defend the independence of the new office in the face of attempted influence by the governor's office. Public Records Advocate Ginger McCall, who announced her resignation...

'Conservative' string attached to $50 million college gift

Aug. 30, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A $50 million gift made earlier this year to Virginia's largest public university was given specifically to "promote the conservative principles of governance," newly released documents show, raising concerns from critics that it compromises academic freedom at the school. George Mason...