Ala. hospital fights paper's effort to get records

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ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — An Anniston hospital is going to court in an effort to stop an Alabama newspaper from obtaining details of its purchase of another hospital.

The Regional Medical Center board filed a lawsuit Wednesday as part of its effort to deny a request by the Anniston Star for financial details of its December purchase of Jacksonville Medical Center. The newspaper is seeking the purchase price and other contract details under Alabama's open records law.

Anniston Star Editor and Associate Publisher Bob Davis said in the newspaper (http://bit.ly/Z36OKT) that there didn't seem to be a need to go to court. He said the paper considers it an "open-and-shut open records case."

Regional Medical Center attorney Michael Jackson declined to comment until he had received permission to do so from the newspaper's attorney.

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Information from: The Anniston Star, http://www.annistonstar.com/





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