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Body camera panel’s proposal raises concern about public records access

Officer J. F. Eisel, of the Chesapeake Police Department's 1st Precinct C Squad, shows his body camera clipped to his collar before heading to roll call at headquarters on Friday, May 29, 2015 in Chesapeake, Va. (Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

The lone recommendation in the final report of a state commission on best practices for the use of police body cameras has led to concerns about access to public records. The 19-page report, posted on the commission’s website, contains 16 ...

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Md. judge: Railroad companies’ oil shipment records public

This image, made available by the City of Lynchburg, shows several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil in flames after derailing in downtown Lynchburg, Va., on April 30, 2014.
(ASSOCIATED PRESS/CITY OF LYNCHBURG, LUANN HUNT)

A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ruled records describing large oil shipments by rail subject to disclosure under the Maryland Public Information Act.Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill’s ruling was made late last week, and advocates for disclosure praised the ruling Monday.Rail ...

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Railroad companies, MDE renew spat over disclosing crude oil shipments

This image, made available by the City of Lynchburg, shows several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil in flames after derailing in downtown Lynchburg, Va., on April 30, 2014.
(ASSOCIATED PRESS/CITY OF LYNCHBURG, LUANN HUNT)

Details about shipments of crude oil are trade secrets protected from disclosure under the Maryland Public Information Act, two national railroad companies have argued in an attempt to prevent a state agency from releasing the information. Norfolk Southern Corp. and CSX Transportation Inc. each filed a lawsuit against the Maryland Department of the Environment last summer as the department was preparing to disclose the information at the request of McClatchy Newspapers and the Associated Press. Under the Public Information Act, state agencies have 30 days to respond to requests.

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Voicemail slur will test scope of Public Information Act

Maryland’s top court will use the case of a racial slur left on a witness's voicemail to determine whether a person who complains police misconduct should have access to documents from the resulting internal-affairs investigation, or whether the government can issue a blanket denial under the Maryland Public Information Act.

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