funds come from the federal Library Services and Technology Act. Nebraska Municipal Review

Nevada

Since Aug. 13, Clark County -- home of "marriage capital" Las Vegas -- has offered a marriage-certificate search through its Web site . The county already had a searchable marriage-record database.

New Hampshire

Communities throughout the state have been able to assess their Y2K readiness through free workshops from New Hampshire Community Technical College campuses statewide.

New Jersey

Plainfield's City Council has approved $300,000 to upgrade the police department's computer system, and Newark has spent about $10.5 million to establish a new dispatch center for its fire and police agencies. New Jersey Municipalities

New Mexico

The state tourism board this summer debuted a searchable events calendar online . Users can search by topic ("Indian" finds nine festivals, with dates and details) or by location ("Albuquerque" is packed with 39 events and exhibits).

New York

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Edward Ramos ruled in late July that online wagering is illegal in the state, marking the first time a New York court has outlawed such activity. In his decision, Ramos targeted a virtual casino owned by a New York company but operating from Antigua. The company, World Interactive Gaming Corporation, claimed its dealings are legal because bets are placed from accounts set up in the island nation where online casinos are legal. Ramos disagreed.

North Carolina

This summer, Gov. Jim Hunt named a Rural Prosperity Task Force to be led by former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles. A key subject of the task force's study will be information technology.

North Dakota

The American Association of Law Libraries named the North Dakota Supreme Court Internet page the best overall judicial site. Among

the reasons: opinions, both full-text and summary, available from 1993 to the present; strong search functions; biographical data on judges; and good hypertext links.

Ohio

Ohio recently proposed making it possible to conduct electronic-commerce transactions -- such as fishing-license payments and driver's-license renewals -- over the Internet. The State Deposit Board is negotiating a contract with a Cincinnati bank to permit credit and debit-card payments over the Internet. The Ohio Secretary of State's Office, the Accountancy Board and the Commerce Department plan to participate in the pilot slated to be running by year's end. Ohio is one of several states, such as Utah, Oregon, Texas and Idaho, pursuing electronic-commerce plans.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma should worry more about "getting it right" than whether it is the last state to adopt alternative regulation for telephone companies, a Senate analyst said. Bill Thoms told the state's Telecommunications Task Force that he had attended a workshop presented by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and hadn't felt that any state was "getting it right" on the issue. The Oklahoman

Oregon

The state Department of Human Resources -- the state's largest agency which serves the state's poorest residents -- said in mid-August that it would be fully Y2K compliant before Sept. 1. Portland Oregonian

Pennsylvania

Redleaf Venture Management, an early-stage Internet-oriented venture-capital fund, was slated to open its Atlantic headquarters in Pennsylvania this September. Officials with Redleaf cited Gov. Tom Ridge's efforts in developing the recently announced Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse as a critical factor convincing them of Pennsylvania's expanding high-tech leadership.

Rhode Island

A new computer program has been installed in a majority of libraries across the state. The program is designed to help Rhode Island's elderly learn what federal and state benefits they may be eligible for. "The MicroMax system is the next step in our pledge to bring information on senior programs and services into the community," Gov. Lincoln Almond said

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