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University of Missouri to go on trial over Sunshine Law practices

The animal rights group suing the University of Missouri over an estimated $82,000 charge for researching and copying public records won a victory Friday when Circuit Judge Jeff Harris ruled the case would go to trial.

Harris rejected the university’s request that he enter a judgment in its favor and end the lawsuit by Animal Rescue Media Education, which also operates under the name the Beagle Freedom Project. The organization sued the university in 2016, charging that it had set the cost so high for its records that it effectively prevents the public from accessing public records.

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