The state Department of Transportation looks forward to finishing laying 30,000 feet of fiber cable and installing 25 video cameras in 2000 in Tuscaloosa -- part of a series of traffic-control projects that date to 1986.


State employees now have a new resource for finding the latest information on their bargaining-unit contracts: the new Alaska Department of Administration Labor Relations Web site .


Maricopa County's Planning Department Web site won an award from the American Planning Association in early August, based on the site's performance in several judging criteria: innovation, quality, implementation, comprehensiveness and significance.


Bill Gates funded a recently completed $4 million project to give Internet access to Arkansas' public libraries. In six months, 210 libraries across the state received at least one new computer along with Internet access, technical support and a Microsoft software package. Arkansas was among the first states to receive the grants, along with Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. Gates' foundation is working state by state, with a goal of giving new computers to 9,500 public libraries by 2003.


Thirty education institutes and companies will share $6 million in matching grants to assist in the future development and creation of new, high-wage, high-skill technology jobs in California. Gov. Gray Davis' Press Secretary Michael Bustamante said the grants will help promote high-wage jobs in the state by ensuring that companies increase economic growth and global competitiveness. A complete list

of recipients is online



A federal appeals court in Denver ruled in August that telephone companies' free-speech rights outweigh customers' privacy interests. The ruling allows phone companies to use personal information it has collected to try to sell you things. A three-

judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned federal rules that required a phone company to get customers' permission before using their

personal information to target them for sales pitches. The case was brought by US West, which serves Colorado and the surrounding Plains and Rocky Mountain states.


The state's Office of Policy and Management received a $520,000 grant from the Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs. The money will be used to automate processes for more efficient crime-fighting and administration of justice.


Wilmington officials are developing a program to fight crime by installing a network of street-surveillance cameras. By early next year, as many as 68 cameras will cover much of downtown. Major employers -- such as the DuPont Co., MBNA America Bank, Wilmington Trust Co. and Hercules Inc. -- will integrate their approximately 50 cameras into the network. USA Today


Stan Smith, a former executive at Huizenga Holdings Inc., was named to the state's Information Services Technology Development Task Force. The task force's purpose is to attract high-tech companies to Florida. USA Today


Georgia's University System Board of Regents, in September, approved the system's $1.638 billion fiscal-year 2001 budget. The budget contains $14.2 million in technology requests that include funds for master planning, a statewide online learning initiative, an enhanced electronic library, campus-network upgrades and faculty and staff technology training.


Hawaii's high-tech industry is showing signs of significant growth, according to the High Technology Development Corporation's 1998 High-Tech Business Survey conducted by Mattson Sunderland Research and Planning Associates, Inc. "Hawaii is attracting more high-technology companies," said Gov. Ben Cayetano. "Ten years ago, there were just 166 technology companies. Today, there are 629 technology companies [in Hawaii]."


For the first time since statehood, Idaho is compiling a complete inventory of the land it owns, where that land lies and whether the state

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