Monthly Archives: May 2012

Sandusky judge allows journalists to tweet, post, text from courtroom. But there’s a ‘but’

You’ll be able to get live updates from journalists covering the Jerry Sandusky trial, based on the judge’s order issued today. But you won’t be getting direct quotes from witnesses while testimony is taking place. Judge John M. Cleland ruled … Continue reading

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Public to get a better look at political TV ad spending

TV stations soon will have to post their political ad contracts online, to make it easier for the public to see them. The FCC made that ruling recently. At least one local TV station doesn’t like the ruling; another says … Continue reading

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Court rules Illinois law that prohibits audio recording of police in public places cannot be enforced

From The Associated Press: A federal appeals court in Chicago ruled Tuesday that Illinois’¬†eavesdropping law “likely violates” the First Amendment and ordered that authorities be banned from enforcing it. The ruling from the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in … Continue reading

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When a borough is sued over holding secret meetings, what’s its defense? These 3 classic reasons

The (Hanover) Evening Sun’s report that the Littlestown Borough Council president is suing the borough to force it to open its committee meetings to the public includes a bunch of classic reasons officials trot out when they keep things private … Continue reading

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Newspapers seek to open details of court settlement involving Marcellus Shale companies

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that it and another newspaper, The Observer-Reporter of Washington, are asking a court to open a sealed settlement between a Washington County family and Marcellus Shale development companies. The family had alleged health problems as a … Continue reading

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Bill would offer more transparency in school superintendent buyouts

Angie Mason reports in her Cram Session blog that a bill approved by the Senate that focuses on school superintendent buyouts says that if a school board agrees to a buyout with a superintendent, it “must publicly disclose the reason … Continue reading

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