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Judges says DCS ‘back on track’ in providing child death records

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge said the Department of Children’s Services has gotten back on track with providing records to the news media of children who died or nearly died.

In a hearing last month, Chancellor Carol McCoy suggested that someone at DCS needed to go to jail for making extensive redactions to the records. In contrast, on Monday, McCoy said the department had failed to black out some identifying information in some of the records.

DCS is releasing the documents in batches after a group of media organizations led by The Tennessean and including The Associated Press sued for access to the records of children who died or nearly died between 2009 to mid-2012.

Close to 100 records remain undisclosed. The next hearing was set for Aug. 21.

Haslam Bill to Hide Corporate Ownership Stalls in Senate Debate

By Lucas Johnson, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Republicans have backed off — at least temporarily — of Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to seal off information about companies seeking economic
development grants after an impassioned debate between supporters and Democratic Sen. Roy Herron, who demanded to know why ownership records would not be made available to the public.
The measure, carried by Republican Sen. Bo Watson of Hixson, was delayed Monday evening until Thursday. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the House Commerce Committee.
Haslam has called for the public records changes as part of his plan to offer more cash incentives for companies to invest in Tennessee.
The bill closes off information regarding “business processes, organizational structure and ownership, financial statements, budgets, cash flow reports or similar materials.”

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