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11 investigations that show why public records are so important


This is National Sunshine Week, which puts a spotlight on the importance of the public having access to records and information illustrating how critical policy decisions are made at all levels of government.

We also think it is a good time to showcase the various ways our reporters keep you informed about the issues you care about.

As a recent Quinnipiac poll found, 90 percent of American voters say it’s important “that the news media hold public officials accountable.”

Our reporters do that every day.

Here are 11 recent stories made possible with public records:

Campus sex assaults: Many incidents reported, no prison time

Justice in the Jailhouse: Lawsuits, accusations plague county jails in the region

Epidemic fears follow parents’ refusal to vaccinate

Lax rules, missing information put nursing home residents at risk

State treasurer defends spending $1.84M in public money on TV ads

Money, power flows to secretive group

Toxic chemical risks hidden from public

Hefty pensions await fired cops

I-Team analysis: Deportations dropped in Ohio under Obama; here’s why

Suspended WSU employees tied to IT contract

Records: 8th District candidate was past due on child support payments

RELATED: Dozens of area public agencies cited for open records violations



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