Gov. Fob James announced that the Alabama Emergency Management Agency will administer more than $282,000 in funding to assist local communities across the state in purchasing high-tech emergency outdoor warning systems, which can give residents adequate warning of tornadoes and other dangerous weather conditions.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is working with Silicon Graphics and the state to install a four-way Origin2000 data server on a shipboard network that will receive data on the uncharted portions of Alaska's coastline.


Gov. Jane Hull helped deliver 40 Motorola computers and educational software to children at Granada Primary and Granada East schools in west Phoenix. The computers were donated by Motorola Computer Group, MicroAge and Jostens Learning.


More than 2,050 public schools, universities and state offices are experiencing faster Internet access and data transfers this month as a result of a new, statewide contract awarded to Southwestern Bell Internet Services.


The city of Riverside is using Laserfiche Document Imaging to scan records from the city clerk's office, the Planning Department and the Department of Public Works. The installation followed a decision by the city to outsource municipal information services to Business Records Corp.


The Broomfield Police Department is equipping 20 of its vehicles with Premier MDT, which automatically reads vital information to officers through built-in speakers in a PC or patrol car. The police department also recently contracted with SCA to provide a mobile data communication system.


Rock Regan, the state's chief information officer, said the state will save approximately $500,000 annually as the Department of Information Technology and other state agencies take advantage of deregulation and the increasingly competitive telecommunications market.


The state is working with Paradigm4 to streamline the background checks on criminal suspects. Paradigm4 will provide the state with a criminal justice information system central repository, message switch and Web server.


Broward County is working with Unisys to implement a integrated justice information system. The project consists of an integrated court-case management system, an integrated jail-management system and a data-exchange system that will allow information to be shared between the circuit court, clerk of courts, and the Broward County Sheriff's Office and jail.


Oglethorpe County Middle School recently launched a program that allows students to get hands-on experience with modern technology. The technology lab is part of a standard program that introduces students to radio and television production, computer-aided design and desktop publishing.


The University of Hawaii is working with Silicon Graphics to provide a 16-processor Origin2000 supercomputer and an Origin200 server for the university's new environmental project. The Origin system will improve the interpretation of weather patterns along the Pacific Rim.


Gov. Phil Batt announced a major gift to the Western Governors' University from AT&T. The $500,000 grant will help build the online-education project.


The Department of Transportation recently enhanced its Web site. The new site features expanded services and links to weather and travel information.


The state began a long-awaited project to replace its outdated public-safety voice radio communications network. The new, highly integrated system will replace numerous independent systems that have seriously deteriorated since they were first installed -- some more than 25 years ago.


The city of Manning is working with Pioneer Holdings LLC to provide communication services to the city. Pioneer will provide local and long-distance services, high-speed Internet access and security monitoring to the city.


Four local school district superintendents made a presentation to the State Board of Education on the disparity among local school districts in Kansas and