The University of South Alabama is developing a project that will improve health care for rural areas in the state using a network of interactive TV video stations. Mobile Register


Year-2000 readiness assessments for state court facilities are on schedule. Testing was completed in September, and by March, 33 key computer systems will be Y2K-compliant.


The Pima County Sheriff's Department equipped 16 patrol cars with the LoJack retrieval system, allowing officers to track stolen vehicles. The Arizona Daily Star.


The state selected Viisage Technology Inc. to provide 158 locations with a new digital driver's license system that uses biometrics technology.


Orange County opened the Eastern Toll Road, a 24-mile high-tech road that uses the FasTrak electronic toll system and cash.


Boulder County selected Oracle Public Sector Financials to reduce mainframe operating costs, improve reporting and better manage taxpayer money. The new system is also Y2K-compliant.


The Connecticut Board of Parole went online at .


The state received nearly $200,000 to enhance its crime lab and purchase upgraded equipment for its AFIS system.


The Manatee County, Fla., School District selected J.D. Edwards' advanced financial and accounting systems to automate its financial, human resources and procurement operations.


The Department of Medical Assistance awarded a contract to MTS PeopleSource to assist in the planning, packaging and testing phases of the department's Y2K project.


Waikiki installed six police/information kiosks on streets that have heavy pedestrian traffic. Each kiosk will be monitored by a police officer or volunteer, and will help deter crime and provide information to tourists. Honolulu Star Bulletin


The Information Technology Training Program is now online at . The site provides professional development training for state IT officials.


Attorney General Jim Ryan proposed a plan to implement VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday), a 24-hour hotline allowing anyone to check the status of criminal cases. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that at least $1 million will be needed to implement the system.


The Indianapolis City-County Council approved a $12.6 million fund to address Y2K problems over three years.


The Woodbury County Information and Communications Commission purchased HTE software, which includes mobile data terminals that provide officers instant access to mug shots and incident reports.


The Department of Aging selected CTA Inc. to develop the Kansas Aging Managing Information System. KAMIS will be a Web-based central repository of information on programs and services designed to assist the state's senior population.


Henderson County will explore the possibility of implementing a fiber-optic communications network to improve its electricity distribution system. The new network could also open the door to other possibilities, such as video court hearings and faster Internet services. Gleaner News Online


Julian Dufreche, mayor of Ponchatoula, was elected president of the Louisiana Municipal Association. One of his goals is to continue working with the Louisiana Congressional Delegation on tax issues related to commerce on the Internet. Louisiana Municipal Review


A computer malfunction in Lewiston caused chlorine levels in drinking water to fall to unsafe levels. The city installed an alarm system that will automatically notify an on-call supervisor. Newsbytes.


With portable computers, the Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department now has instant access to criminal databases. The databases are linked to Bell Atlantic Mobile's AirBridge wireless data network.


The Department of Health selected Applied Geographics