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Evansville Councilwoman Won’t be Prosecuted over Recording

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) _ The head of Indiana's State Board of Accounts says he will limit the participation of local officials in reviewing audits reports after a prosecutor's decision that an Evansville city councilwoman didn't break the law by secretly recording one such meeting.
A special prosecutor found that Democratic Councilwoman Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley didn't interfere with the state auditors by releasing her recording of a March conference between city officials and auditors reviewing city finances.
She was critical of Republican Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's financial administration even though the final audit report gave the city its top rating.
State Examiner Paul Joyce tells the Evansville Courier & Press that those conferences are supposed to be confidential. He says only local government clerks will now be meeting with auditors to review reports before they're completed.

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