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Univ. of S.C. In Violation of Freedom of Information Act

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The University of South Carolina has refused to turn over public records to a newspaper for more than four months.

The State newspaper in Columbia reports it asked the school on March 23 for addresses, sale prices and current use for properties owned by the university, its foundation or related entities.

South Carolina law gives public bodies no more than 55 days to turn over public records.

The university told the newspaper it doesn't have a dedicated staff to fulfill Freedom of Information Act requests and it gets a lot of them, so it might take them a while.

South Carolina Press Association Executive Director Bill Rogers says having a lot of requests is not a valid reason to break the law.

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