States try to block access to public records

FILE - This May 29, 2015 file photo shows the Arkansas state Capitol building in Little Rock, Ark. In February 2017, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it “a shining example of open government” that had ensured access to vital public records for generations. They spent the following weeks debating and, in many cases approving, new exemptions to the law in what critics called an unprecedented attack on the public’s right to know. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In February, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it “a shining example of open government” that had ensured access to vital public records for generations.

WH, black college heads to meet amid strained ties

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. There likely will be few smiles on the faces of presidents of historically black colleges and universities on their second visit to the White House this year. An annual gathering in the nation’s capital for the nation’s HBCUs has been reduced to a two-day summit, further aggravating college officials who are already frustrated with the White House’s slow pace on its promises to them. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidents of historically black colleges and universities are making their second visit to the White House this year amid strains with the Trump administration over promises unkept.

Recovery czar faces limits ‘future-proofing’ Texas

In this Sept. 14, 2017 photo, Commissioner John Sharp walks with Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols, right, following a briefing on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts at the new FEMA Joint Field Office, in Austin, Texas. Sharp, the recovery czar over Texas' rebuild after Harvey, says his new job is "future-proofing" for the next disaster. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The man tasked with overseeing Texas’ Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts sees his job as “future-proofing” before the next disaster, but he isn’t empowered on his own to reshape flood-prone Houston or the state’s vulnerable coastline, which has been walloped by three major hurricanes since 2006.

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