open records

Ryland Barton, WFPL

Attorney General Andy Beshear is trying to join a student newspaper in its defense against the University of Kentucky, which is suing the paper over an open records request dealing with sexual assault allegations against a professor.

Glynis Board

The energy that lights up, turns on, cools and heats our lives leaves a trail of waste. Natural gas is no exception. The waste from the gas drilling known as “fracking” is often radioactive. The gas industry produces thousands of tons of this “hot” waste and companies and state regulators throughout the Ohio River valley and Marcellus Shale gas region struggle to find safe ways to get rid of it.

A state judge has fined the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services more than $750,000 dollars because it "willfully circumvented" open-records law by not fully releasing records of child abuse fatalities and near deaths.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Monday that the cabinet made a "mockery" of the Open Records Act by maintaining that documents remain confidential. Shepherd ordered the cabinet to pay the plaintiff's attorney fees and costs to be decided.

Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library, Facebook

The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office says the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library board subverted the Open Records Act by not producing renovation project documents requested two months ago by a local newspaper.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam won't change how the executive branch handles open records requests. Haslam says his initial concerns about the abuse of open records laws have been put to rest. He has instructed his cabinet to expedite getting records to the public and news media.