open records

Attorney General: WKU Open Records Denials Were Illegal

Feb 2, 2017
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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has found that Western Kentucky University officials acted illegally by turning down open records requests from two student newspaper representatives.

The Daily News of Bowling Green reports that Beshear concluded in a Jan. 26 ruling that WKU's decisions to turn down open records requests from Matthew Smith of the Kentucky Kernel and Nicole Ares of the College Heights Herald violated the state's open records statute.

Both students last fall sought access to records related to sexual misconduct investigations.

The attorney general wrote that Smith and Ares must be allowed access to the disputed records, with the exception of personal identifiers of the complaintant and witnesses.

Glasgow Newspaper Wins Fight for Jail Report

Feb 8, 2013
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A newspaper in southern Kentucky has won its fight for records of a jail investigation.

The Glasgow Daily Times reports that an agreed order of dismissal was filed Thursday in Barren Circuit Court in a case that began when the newspaper filed an open records request with Barren Fiscal Court almost nine months ago.

The court order states the county must hand over an unredacted copy of the report immediately. The report was produced by a private investigator for the Fiscal Court at a cost of $3,500.

County officials said they originally denied the request because they didn't have physical possession of the report, but the newspaper argued officials intentionally voted not to take possession so the report wouldn't be public record.

The Kentucky attorney general's office has ruled in favor of the Lexington Herald-Leader in the newspaper's attempt to see documents from Eastern Kentucky University about the departure this year of the school's arts center director.

An open records dispute between city officials in Owensboro and the town's newspaper is headed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. The Messenger-Inquirer reports that city commissioners voted Tuesday night to appeal a circuit judge's opinion that the city must release two internal investigations it opened last year against former police spokeswoman Marian Cosgrove.

Barren County officials are appealing a judge's order to release an investigative report on the local jail to The Glasgow Daily Times. The newspaper, meanwhile, has asked a judge to hold county officials in contempt for not releasing the document.

A judge is expected to decide soon whether all notes and recordings taken during an investigation into the Barren County Detention Center are public records and if any of the files will be edited before release.