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Many Virginia officials ignore state sunshine law

State law might say some government records must be disclosed, but that's not the way many Virginia officials see things.

A statewide test by 13 newspapers to see what happens when Virginians ask about information that state law says officials must disclose shows the state's four-decade-old Freedom of Information Act is widely disregarded.

More than half of the more than three dozen police or sheriff's departments included in the test refused to release any information about felony incidents, even though the act says those are "records required to be released."

About one-quarter of local government and school board offices refused to release information about...