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Wisconsin Supreme Court rules on what meetings need to be open to the publicSubmitted: 06/29/2017
MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court clears up which meetings need to be open to the public.

It's considered to be a major victory for supporters of the state's open meetings law.

The parent of an Appleton student sued, arguing that a closed committee meeting that reviewed course material, should have been open to the public.

The district claimed the committee was not covered by the open meetings law.

That's because the committee wasn't created by the school board, but by district staff.

The court disagreed and a unanimous ruling was issued by the court Thursday.

The court said the meeting should have been open.

Story By: Associated Press

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Wednesday that investigation led them to a landfill in Wisconsin Rapids

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