California Gov. Gray Davis' Office on Service and Volunteerism rolled out a new Web site in January that offers an easier way for Californians to connect to volunteer opportunities in their communities or nationwide. Visitors to the site can view a variety of opportunities by entering their ZIP code into an electronic form.

Colorado's 195,000 high-school students and their parents can now use the Web to shop for colleges. The state rolled out a new Web site, ColoradoMentor , that will match students' interests and academic goals with Colorado colleges and universities. - The Denver Post

Miami-Dade County, Fla., commissioners will spend $24.5 million on wireless touch-screen voting equipment. Commissioners agreed to buy 7,200 units of the equipment, for use in the Sept. 10 elections, from Election System & Software Inc. - The Miami Herald

Police, prosecutors and courts in Minnesota now have online access to searchable databases of 120,000 criminal mug shots and 11,250 registered sex offenders. The $3.5 million Minnesota Repository of Arrest Photos was assembled from formerly unlinked criminal records in 37 counties. - The Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Civil Rights Bureau of the Montana Department of Transportation added a new service to the state's Web site . The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Tracker allows any Disadvantaged Business Enterprise to report payments received for work they have performed on a Department of Transportation project. Prior to developing the online payment tracking service Disadvantaged Businesses Enterprises were required to file their reports with the MDT Civil Rights Bureau. The online tracking system is expected to be a popular alternative.

New York unveiled its Counter-Terrorism Network in January. The network establishes a secure, two-way system for disseminating counter-terrorism information throughout the state. The system was developed by the New York State Office of Public Security in consultation with the New York State Association of Police Chiefs, the New York State Association of Sheriffs and the State Police.

Under the new North Carolina Purchase Credit Program, Compaq will give financial credits to the Rural Internet Access Authority (RIAA) for all Compaq equipment purchased by state and local government agencies, schools and colleges. The RIAA will then apply the financial credits to future purchases of Compaq equipment.

North Dakota's Information Technology Department is hosting a new system for the Department of Human Services that will automate collecting and processing the state's Medicaid forms and transactions. Additional claim forms will be added to the system, officials said, including new-employee-reporting forms; nursing home claims; pharmacy claims; and dental claims.

The Virginia General Assembly's House Committee on Science and Technology, Senate Committee on General Laws and Joint Commission on Technology and Science held the first confirmation hearing of a cabinet secretary by video conference in late January. At 6 p.m. EST members of the General Assembly jointly interviewed George Newstrom, Virginia's new Secretary of Technology.

The Medical College of Wisconsin developed the National Violent Death Reporting System, a nationwide system for tracking violent deaths. The system uses information on every shooting death that's entered into a computer, relying on reports from police, the medical examiner's office, the State Crime Laboratory and federal uniform crime reports. - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel