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Judge Temporarily Blocks KU From Releasing Info On Possible Koch Brothers Ties

A judge has temporarily blocked the University of Kansas from releasing emails and other documents to a student group that is looking for ties between a research center and Charles and David Koch.

Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild issued an order Thursday after Art Hall sued the university.

Hall is the Executive Director of the Center for Applied Economics at KU.

Hall wants block the release of emails and other documents to the group Students for a Sustainable Future. The group is concerned about a relationship between Hall, the center, and the Kochs.

Hall says he's trying to protect academic freedom.

Vice Chancellor Tim Caboni says KU was being careful with what it released while complying with the Kansas Open Records Act.

The Charles Koch Foundation lists the University of Kansas as one of its beneficiaries.

Foundation spokesman John Hardin says said the foundation's role is financial support only, and that what what researchers study and how must be left to the universities.

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