- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pennsylvania judge is turning down a request by a newspaper and several other news organizations to force the state government to keep emails for two years.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Friday (https://bit.ly/1sRhLfr ) that Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini denied the request for an injunction.

The judge says the Right-to-Know Law isn’t intended to overrule any record-retention policy.

That means the Office of Administration and the Department of Education can continue to let employees decide if emails have no use as public records and can be permanently deleted.

The dispute arose amid the Post-Gazette’s reporting on the work habits of former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis, who stayed at the department as a special adviser after he left the post in 2013. He’s since resigned the adviser’s job.

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