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Missouri's Sunshine Law in peril

Missouri's Sunshine Law was written to ensure that the public could have access to all sorts of government records — including emails, meetings, votes and deliberations. But do the use of self-destructing text-messaging apps sidestep the reach of the state's open records law?

Missouri gives its citizens access to records through something known as its Sunshine Law. But in recent years, many journalists and government accountability groups have run into challenges obtaining what is supposed to be public information. Two cases currently making their way through state courts have some watchdogs concerned that the law's effectiveness may be in peril.

The Missouri Independent's editor in chief, Jason Hancock, has been covering government transparency. He spoke with KCUR's Brian Ellison about the recent cases.

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