- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Three Texas news organizations have been recognized for investigations that made use of state and federal open records laws to produce stories that exposed government shortcomings.

The Nancy Monson Spirit of FOI Award, presented Thursday by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, was presented to The Dallas Morning News and NBC affiliate KXAS-TV of Fort Worth in the large-market category for the joint investigation, “Injured Heroes, Broken Promises.” The Temple Daily Telegram, a winner of the award last year, received this year’s small-market award for reporting on a public official’s questionable election and police use of force against a teenager. The Galveston County Daily News received an honorable mention in the small-market category for its 21-month investigation into pay for executives in the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

The Spirit of FOI Award recognizes journalists and news organizations for outstanding efforts that uphold First Amendment principles and promote freedom of information and public access to government. It is named for the FOI Foundation’s former executive director.

The awards were presented at the FOI Foundation of Texas state conference in Austin.

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