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This week’s FOIA round-up: House Democrats ask for more money to give to the Interior Department’s FOIA office, Amazon spoofs fake packages for cops, and a law student sues a South Carolina county

This week’s FOIA round-up: House Democrats ask for more money to give to the Interior Department’s FOIA office, Amazon spoofs fake packages for cops, and a law student sues a South Carolina county

In this week’s FOIA round-up, House Democrats look to increase funding to the Interior Department’s FOIA office, records show Amazon collaborated with local law enforcement on sting operations to deter package theft, and a Cornell University law student sues a South Carolina county for excessive fees.

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Economic development trumps transparency in Tennessee

Economic development trumps transparency in Tennessee

Tennessee lawmakers recently shot down efforts to make more information about economic development deals public, fearing too much transparency could make the state less competitive.

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U.S. Marshals hires private prison giant CoreCivic to hold 1,350 prisoners in Mississippi

U.S. Marshals hires private prison giant CoreCivic to hold 1,350 prisoners in Mississippi

Private prison company CoreCivic sees growth in demand from U.S. Marshals Service as part of its forward-moving plan.

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In rural hospitals, women are dying during childbirth - and states aren't keeping track

In rural hospitals, women are dying during childbirth - and states aren’t keeping track

MuckRock asked all 50 states for a copy of the data frame that they use to track pregnancy-related deaths, in order to figure out if every department is using a similar system, or even tracking the same information. Spoiler alert: they’re all doing their own thing.

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Despite reform efforts, state and local police are still teaming up with federal law enforcement to seize millions

Despite reform efforts, state and local police are still teaming up with federal law enforcement to seize millions

In recent years many states have begun to to reform civil asset forfeiture, by either reducing the percentage of money police are allowed to keep, or reducing the number of situations in which assets are allowed to be seized. While some of these efforts have been more successful than others, a practice called Equitable Sharing continues to undercut these efforts and keep the worst excesses of police seizure alive.

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