The University of South Alabama won a $200,000 federal grant to set up a telemedicine program in Baldwin County. Equipment was installed at Thomas Hospital during the end of December. The state plans to expand the program to other rural counties that may not have doctors to perform some examinations. -- Mobile Register


Ilisagvik College in Barrow is setting up a program to train computer technicians to maintain the technology that links the isolated North Slope with the rest of the world. The school has obtained $1.2 million in grants from the National Science Foundation, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and Microsoft to develop a program. -- USA Today


In December, Gov. Jane Dee Hull announced a new telecommunications agreement that will provide increased telecommunications and bandwidth in rural Arizona. The agreement will facilitate services to residents in 39 rural communities throughout Arizona within 12 months.


Arkansas businesses can now file sales- and use-tax reports on the Internet. Business owners just enter sales information and the system calculates the tax for them.


Irvine city officials are donating 65 outdated computers to Hermosillo, Mexico, Irvines sister city. The computers will be set up at Hermosillos youth center and municipal library to benefit residents there. -- Los Angeles Times


Information about the Fort Collins Cultural Development & Programming and Tourism Accounts (Fort Fund) can now be found on the Internet. Fort Fund is used to support artistic, cultural, educational, ethnic, historical and recreational events that promote tourism in Fort Collins.


In December, Gov. John G. Rowland announced the first recipients of the Connecticut Innovations Technology Scholar Awards program. The program combines earned scholarships, internships and leadership training to support Connecticuts science- and technology-based workforce needs.


State environmental officials are considering a recycling program for obsolete home computers, which take up space in landfills and contain toxic materials, including lead and mercury. Officials said a pilot program in October was successful, with 400 families and businesses dropping off about 800 computers. -- USA Today


In December, the Department of Law Enforcement launched an online law enforcement records system that allows people to check if the goods they want to buy are stolen or if someone they know is wanted.


Conyers is now posting incident and accident reports on its Web site. To access accident reports, residents need to have a case number and drivers license number. Because officers already file their reports on their laptops, the delay time between accident and online access is expected to be minimal. -- The Atlanta Journal and Constitution


The 11th annual meeting of the International World Wide Web Conference will be held in Honolulu in 2002. It is expected to draw about 1,500 Web developers to discuss the latest in technology and standards. -- USA Today


Residents can now search for the current status of an Idaho business, then purchase and print a Certificate of Existence from the Secretary of States Office online. If needed, a certificate with an original signature can be mailed.


In January, Gov. George H. Ryan launched Illinois newest high school,