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EPA restores broad use of pesticide opposed by beekeepers

Jul. 12, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers, citing private chemical industry studies that the agency says show the product does only lower-level harm to bees and wildlife. Friday's EPA announcement —...

Missouri lawyer dealt blow in case over message-deleting app

Jul. 8, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge has dismissed claims that former Gov. Eric Greitens' office used a message-deleting app to avoid the state Sunshine Law. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem on Monday sided with the former governor's office. St. Louis...

Missouri judge tosses open-records lawsuit against governor

Jul. 8, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Cole County judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's administration broke the state open-records law. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce on Monday tossed the lawsuit. Democratic attorney general candidate Elad...

Some big farms collect big checks from Trump aid package

Jul. 3, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When President Donald Trump's administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. But many large farming operations had no trouble finding legal ways around them, records provided...

Some big farms collect big checks from Trump aid package

Jul. 3, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When President Donald Trump's administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. But many large farming operations had no trouble finding legal ways around them, records provided...

How the Trump administration's 2018 trade aid package works

Jul. 3, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

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 Associated Press from the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Freedom of Information Act gives some insights into...

Ex-city spokeswoman rejects plea deal in open records case

Jul. 1, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A former spokeswoman for the Atlanta mayor's office who is accused of violating Georgia's open records law has rejected a plea deal. Jenna Garland, press secretary under former Mayor Kasim Reed, declined the plea offer during a Monday court appearance. She now faces a possible trial....

Wealthy donation to state raises concerns about transparency

Jun. 27, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — So excited about a pledge of $100 million for public education from Barbara and Ray Dalio, founder of the world's largest hedge fund, Connecticut state officials agreed to add $100 million in taxpayer money, along with some concessions that have raised concerns over transparency. At...

Documents show NSA again improperly collected call records

Jun. 26, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

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 similar collection of unauthorized and inaccurate data that violated federal law. The internal documents obtained...

NY government watchdog fired after sexual misconduct probe

Jun. 25, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The long-time head of a New York state office focusing on public access to information and government transparency was fired Monday night after a journalist said he harassed her and touched her inappropriately. Robert Freeman had led the Committee on Open Government, allegedly made...