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Appeals court rules against Kim Gardner in open records case

Jan. 25, 2022 14:43 PM EST

ST. LOUS (AP) — The Missouri Court of Appeals at St. Louis on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling that the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office violated the state's open records law by not producing records sought by a conservative journalist. In 2020, St. Louis Circuit Court...

Vos attorney says he didn't review Gableman records

Jan. 24, 2022 18:12 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The attorney for Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos testified Monday that he didn't review records turned over by the investigator Vos hired to look into the 2020 election to determine if they complied with the state open records law. Vos attorney Steve...

Education work group's closed-door work may get reviewed

Jan. 24, 2022 12:32 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Critics of Louisiana's education board are raising questions about a five-member “working group” that has been working behind closed doors to review the state's accountability system for public schools. The Advocate reports that officials with the Board...

Texas attorney general refuses to hand over Jan. 6 records

Jan. 21, 2022 19:30 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has rejected a prosecutor’s demand for records of his appearance at a pro-Donald Trump rally that preceded the assault on the U.S. Capitol. Last week, the Travis County district attorney’s office had set a four-day deadline...

Pentagon releases first video of botched Kabul airstrike

Jan. 19, 2022 21:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has declassified and publicly released video footage of a U.S. drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 civilians in the final hours of a chaotic American withdrawal that ended a 20-year war in Afghanistan. The New York Times obtained the footage through...

Prosecutor: Texas attorney general violated open records law

Jan. 14, 2022 15:41 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A district attorney says Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton violated the state's open records laws by withholding or failing to retain his communications relating to his appearance at a pro-Donald Trump rally that preceded the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last year. ...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Jan. 12, 2022 00:53 AM EST

Kansas City Star. January 9, 2021. Editorial: Missouri AG Eric Schmitt bobs his head as Tucker Carlson spouts dangerous nonsense What we have learned from our last couple of Missouri attorneys general is that the only point of the job is to appear on Fox News as often...

Washington Supreme Court rejects redistricting lawsuits

Jan. 06, 2022 21:20 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear two lawsuits challenging new political maps drawn by the bipartisan redistricting commission. The separate lawsuits were filed by the Washington Coalition for Open Government and Arthur West of Olympia....

2 commissioners removed from office after perjury charges

Jan. 06, 2022 20:31 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two county commissioners in central Florida were suspended from office Thursday, several weeks after being arrested and charged with lying during an investigation of possible Sunshine Law violations. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued two executive orders to remove...

Attorney sues Virginia for withholding lab records

Jan. 05, 2022 18:08 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An attorney for a man who came within days of being executed in Virginia for a murder he didn’t commit has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against a state agency that’s withholding records the attorney believes will show authorities could have gotten the right...