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State Senator Joe Leibham to not seek recount for last week's election

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - Joe Leibham will not seek a recount for last week's 6th House District Republican primary. The Sheboygan state senator lost the four man race to State Senator Glenn Grothman by 219 votes, which was close enough to ask for a recount that would have been paid for by local government units. In a statement made Friday afternoon, Leibham said he has contacted Grothman about his decision and wished him well in the November general election.  He adds he is happy of the ...

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Microsoft urges government transparency on security requests

People use computers at a Microsoft retail store in San Diego January 18, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake
People use computers at a Microsoft retail store in San Diego January 18, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp on Tuesday urged the U.S. government for greater transparency on requests for data from security agencies.

It follows a demand from Google Inc earlier on Tuesday for permission to publish the total number of government requests for national security information.

"Permitting greater transparency on the aggregate volume and scope of national security requests, including FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) orders, would help the community understand and debate these important issues," Microsoft said in an emailed statement.

"Our recent report went as far as we legally could and the government should take action to allow companies to provide additional transparency".

Both Microsoft and Google, along with other Internet companies, have come under scrutiny following disclosures in The Guardian and Washington Post newspapers of their roles in a National Security Agency data collection program named Prism.

(Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Toni Reinhold)

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