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Media wants access to BIA employee alcohol survey

Several media organizations are asking a federal judge to make public a Bureau of Indian Affairs survey of alcohol problems among employees.

The survey has been submitted in court but is under seal. The Associated Press, Albuquerque Journal, The Albuquerque Tribune, KOAT-TV and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government say it should be released to the public.

The survey may be used as evidence in a wrongful death suit filed against the BIA, which allowed a former employee with drunk-driving convictions to operate government vehicles. The ex-employee, Gary Larson, was drinking on the job when he killed two Nebraska couples in an accident in New Mexico.

The family of one couple settled for $2 million. The family of the other couple is still in court.

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Media seek access to BIA driver survey (AP 4/2)

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