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Documents offer Virginia Lottery’s early reaction to casinos, sports betting

Documents offer Virginia Lottery’s early reaction to casinos, sports betting

The Virginia Lottery says it gave $606 million to schools 2018 - a towering figure that apparently gives the agency enough clout to make Richmond’s skyline look like the back wall of a liquor store. But like many state-run lotteries across the country, casinos and sports betting are making the agency take a closer look at the odds of their continued dominance.

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The FCC backs down, releases emails related to Ajit Pai's "Harlem Shake" video

The FCC backs down, releases emails related to Ajit Pai’s “Harlem Shake” video

Almost a year ago to the day, I filed a FOIA request with the Federal Communications Commission for emails related to the now-infamous Ajit Pai Harlem Shake video. Today, those records were finally released, revealing just how how far the agency would go to fight accountability over even the stupidest issue.

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FBI circumvents FOIA laws by claiming info about FOIA processing would result in people circumventing the law

FBI circumvents FOIA laws by claiming info about FOIA processing would result in people circumventing the law

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been on a hot streak of terrible FOIA responses lately, and a series of heavily-redacted releases from this week shows that things are even worse when the FBI is dealing with FOIA requests about how the FBI handles FOIA requests.

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Kentucky state records requesters should submit requests the old-fashioned way

Kentucky state records requesters should submit requests the old-fashioned way

In today’s digital era, streamlining public records request should be a breeze. Yet, states like Kentucky are still imposing laws that favor requesters who send in their request the old-fashioned way.

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Newport Beach Police Department podcast brings a whole new meaning to "True Crime"

Newport Beach Police Department podcast brings a whole new meaning to “True Crime”

In late September, the Newport Beach Police Department in California released a podcast titled Countdown to Capture detailing the open case against Peter Chadwick. The podcast was written, recorded, and produced by NBPD spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella with help from her colleagues in the police department. Emails obtained by MuckRock showed the department’s months-long production process.

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