Request denied: States try to block access to public records

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In February, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it "a shining example of open government" that had ensured access to vital public records for generations.

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  • Written by By ANDREW DeMILLO and RYAN J. FOLEY , Associated Press

Interior chief urges shrinking 4 national monuments in West

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that four large national monuments in the West be reduced in size, potentially opening up hundreds of thousand or even millions of acres of land revered for natural beauty and historical significance to mining, logging and other development.

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  • Written by By MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press

Harvey recovery czar faces limits to 'future-proofing' Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The man tasked with overseeing Texas' Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts sees his job as "future-proofing" before the next disaster, but he isn't empowered on his own to reshape flood-prone Houston or the state's vulnerable coastline, which has been walloped by three major hurricanes since 2006.

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  • Written by By PAUL J. WEBER , Associated Press

Floods, fires, other disasters add stress to state budgets

ATLANTA (AP) — A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding.

  • Written by By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and BOB SALSBERG , Associated Press