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- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
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- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Chantelle Becking strives to make a difference through her family and community (11/10/17)
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Cape County boy writes letter, hears from President Donald Trump (11/10/17)
- Medical marijuana may go to voters for decision (11/8/17)4
- Fourth-grade teacher Andrea Cox teaches students how to code, adapt to new technology (11/10/17)
Judge - Administration must be serious about records
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge ordered the White House on Tuesday to save records from energy task force meetings and warned the Bush administration it must take seriously a private group's lawsuit seeking the records.
President Bush has refused to turn over records of meetings with Enron executives and others who advised the administration on energy policy last year.
Congress' investigative arm, the General Accounting Office, is expected to sue soon for the records' release. Tuesday's hearing involved a similar lawsuit, filed last July by the private group, Judicial Watch.
"I get the feeling the government's underestimating the seriousness of this case," U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan told Justice Department lawyer Anne Weismann.
He asked Weismann where the records were.
The Justice Department already had instructed the White House and the Commerce, Energy and Treasury departments to keep all Enron records.
Enron's collapse in December has renewed interest in records of Bush's energy policy task force, which was run by the vice president.