News organization sues UofL Foundation over records

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – WFPL-FM’s Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has filed a lawsuit against the University of Louisville Foundation to force the release of documents.

WFPL reports that the Kentucky attorney general has ruled that the foundation violated Kentucky open records law by refusing to release documents to the center.

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The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Jefferson County Circuit Court. It seeks an injunction to force the foundation to release ethics and disclosure forms, along with payroll and financial documents the center first requested in February.

WFPL said the foundation has said the records requests were burdensome because they were “overly broad and blanket in nature.”

The foundation manages the university’s some $700 million endowment.

A telephone message seeking comment from foundation Chairman Bob Hughes was not immediately returned.