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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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Out Of Juvenile Corrections, Poems Of Fury, Loss — And Lingering Beauty

Over 1,000 students submitted their work for Words Unlocked, a poetry contest for juveniles in corrections. Two young poets split the top prize — and they've shared their poems with NPR.
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Farmers Wait, And Wait, For Guest Workers Amid H-2A Visa Delays

For the third year in a row, the H-2A visa program is running behind. That's left farmers waiting for planters and pickers even as the harvest season is well underway.
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Be Like Bernie: Sanders Looks To Spread His Political Wealth

He's beginning to expand his political network by helping upstart progressive congressional candidates and state legislators, lending his fundraising prowess and national fame to boost their bids.
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After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, She Channeled Her Ups And Downs Into Texts

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Natalie Sun about her project, textingwithcancer.com. The website won a Webby award, and documents her pessimism and optimism while undergoing chemotherapy.

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