on caregivers for children, the elderly or ill. From one site , one can request state criminal-background checks, conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol; child abuse/neglect records, maintained by the Division of Family Services; family foster-care licensing records, maintained by the Division of Family Services; the employee disqualification list, maintained by the Division of Aging; the disqualified registry, maintained by the Department of Mental Health; and child day-care licensing records, maintained by the Department of Health.

Montana

A problem with the $16.5 million system that maintains Montana's financial records shortchanged 419 state employees in their paychecks in September. The problem was corrected in October, state officials noted. Helena Independent Record

Nebraska

The University of Nebraska's new technology center officially opened in late August. The Peter Kiewit Institute of Information Science, Technology and Engineering will train workers to fill information technology and engineering job vacancies. USA Today

Nevada

The Department of Information Technology has put the state's phonebook on the

Internet and plans to update it monthly. Any specific agency or state worker's office phone number can be found it on the state Web page . Tahoe-Carson Area Newspapers

New Hampshire

Gov. Jeanne Shaheen was named in August to the National Governors' Association's Information Technology Task Force, which is examining the potential of information technology for states, their citizens and their customers.

New Jersey

The state Office of Educational Technology announced the grant recipients from the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund. Recipients will use the money to develop Web sites, provide e-mail for every teacher, extend technology resources to the community and develop technology-infused, curricula-based activities. Approximately $5 million was awarded to 53 school districts that are partnering with additional public and private schools and community agencies.

New Mexico

The state's Local Government Division, in collaboration with New Mexico's seven economic-development districts, now has its own Web site . Users can access information about economic-development issues, planning and other state programs and local concerns.

New York

General Composites, a high-tech manufacturing company in the Adirondack Park, is expanding and creating 124 new engineering and production jobs -- the largest single job expansion in the Park in nearly 20 years. The expansion was credited in part to Gov. George Pataki's pro-growth policies of lower taxes and reduced red-tape, paving the way for increases in private-sector investment and job growth.

North Carolina

Members of the state House and Senate are considering using laptop computers to streamline the paper-heavy lawmaking process. Some of the $3 million set aside four years ago to renovate the chambers will likely go toward rewiring lawmakers' desks by 2001. Some protest that this would give lobbyists access to lawmakers during votes, or that bored legislators might play solitaire rather than pay attention to the debates.

North Dakota

Gov. Ed Shafer co-hosted the Internet broadcast of the National Governor's Association meeting in September. The webcast was available in streaming video

nga-agsummit.org> and dealt with such agricultural issues as crop insurance, risk management, bioengineering and value-added production.

Ohio

Ohio University is installing 2,150 computers and Internet service in thousands of dormitory rooms. By fall 2000, a computer and printer will be in each of the 4,111 residence-hall rooms, officials said.

USA Today

Oklahoma

A blue-ribbon task force on telecommunications unanimously recommended in August that the Oklahoma Corporation Commission proceed with rulemaking on IT regulation. The government/

industry panel has moved closer to agreement on such key issues as price caps and improving the state's IT infrastructure. The Daily Oklahoman

Oregon

The Oregon City/County Management

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