- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday on a Freedom of Information Act case involving Nitro.

The city is appealing a Kanawha County judge’s ruling that bars it from charging $25 an hour to search for and compile information sought by FOIA requests.

Circuit Court Judge Charlie King said West Virginia’s FOIA law allows public bodies to charge the actual cost of making copies of public records. But the law doesn’t allow public bodies to charge other fees.

King’s 2013 ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Richard and Lorinda Nease. The couple filed an FOIA request with the city in 2012.

The case is among four scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court at the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown.

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