is getting the most out of its real-estate investments. About 5 percent of the state, or 2.7 million acres, is state-owned. When the system is in place, computer users will be able to call up detailed images of state-owned property. USA Today


A new feature on the state's Web site makes available state licensing records held by doctors, nurses, cosmetologists and 43 other professional groups. Internet users may quickly and easily search for licenses by either the individual's name or license number. Also on the site are a complaint form, a monthly news release announcing professionals who have been disciplined, a change-of-address form which professionals may e-mail, and laws pertaining to professions regulated by the Department of Professional Regulation.


The Indiana GOP used the party's Web site for an online presidential straw poll in August. The party called the poll unscientific, but fun. Indianapolis Star/News


Gov. Tom Vilsack announced that as of Aug. 2, all of Iowa's large-system computer programs were Y2K compliant. Vilsack said this effort required the evaluation and conversion of approximately 28 million lines of computer code.


Southwestern College, a private liberal-arts school in south-central Kansas, is among the few in the nation to supply all its freshmen with laptop computers. The college also provides wireless Internet access. Southwestern charges students a $960 technology fee to lease the laptop. USA Today


The Kentucky Department of Agriculture unveiled a new Web site in August that allows the state's farmers and general stores to list their wares -- fruits, vegetables, livestock, hay, log houses -- for free. Lexington Herald-Leader


Baton Rouge's Web site recently added an emergency-medical-services link that provides information on operations, the 911 center, training, prison medical services, local hospitals, relevant links and other data.


The Maine Science and Technology Foundation has awarded $2.5 million in research-and-development grants to 17 companies, schools and organizations to stimulate economic growth in the state. The money is part of $3.5 million for grants that went to the foundation from the $20 million research-and-development bond voters approved last year. Bangor Daily News


State police say they'll be ready for Y2K blackouts and disruptions on Jan. 1. Leave has been canceled for all 2,500 state police officers and hand-operated gas pumps will be available in all barracks. USA Today


The state Department of Transitional Assistance has developed a new Web site that includes program regulations and descriptions, caseload demographics and press releases. The department is responsible for administering public assistance programs in the state.


Detroit's Information Services Technology Department lost another leader as Interim Director Carl Bentley left his post in October to run the IT department in Tacoma, Wash. Bentley became interim chief in July after K. Nicole Fontayne-Mack left to become the chief information officer for Broward County, Fla.


Hennepin County received a Public Technology Inc. grant for a project that will address the lack of educational, marketing and public outreach support for E85 -- a federally designated fuel that is part ethanol and part gasoline -- fueling sites in the Twin Cities.


The Mississippi Municipal Association Web site lists information on all the state's communities, from Abbeville to Yazoo City. Data includes city-hall addresses, relevant Web sites, size and population, dates and times of town meetings, date of next scheduled election, number of city employees, a list of town officials and tax information.


One online form allows users to request background information

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