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Virginia Law Prohibiting Access To Public Documents Faces Roadblock

The American Civil Liberties Union is supporting a Rhode Island attorney's lawsuit challenging a Virginia law that prohibits out-of-state residents from requesting documents under its open records law, reports the Associated Press.

The Rhode Island ACLU announced Thursday that it has filed a "friend of the court brief" with the United States Supreme Court in support of Mark McBurney's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Virginia law.

The Pawtucket man sued Virginia after his request for documents during a child support dispute with his ex-wife was denied. A state law says only Virginia residents and some media outlets may request documents covered by the state's freedom of information law.

A California man is also part of the lawsuit after his request for information was also denied. The case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.

Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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