Kentucky judge rules university violated open records law

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky judge says the University of Kentucky shouldn’t have withheld documents about a failed business deal from the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The newspaper reports Fayette County Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine ruled that the university violated the state Open Records Act and that a presentation during a dinner violated the Open Meetings Act. The university didn’t keep minutes of the meeting and refused to provide the presentation when the newspaper requested it.

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Goodwine ordered UK to provide the newspaper with the presentation from the May 2, 2016, meeting and a related audit.
University spokesman Jay Blanton said UK is considering whether to appeal.

UK sued the newpaper to block release of documents from the failed deal between UK HealthCare and a Hazard cardiology firm after the Herald-Leader won a favorable opinion from Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office.
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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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