Massachusetts selected 13 school districts to serve as Lighthouse schools -- a federal grant program that provides each school district with up to $30,000 to serve as a technology demonstration site for educational professionals.
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department selected Westin Engineering Inc. for its management information system. The three-year contract includes installation of new PCs, servers and supporting software.
The city of Bloomington hired PlanGraphics Inc. to conduct a GIS integration study on a new system that will service multiple departments and agencies.
The Educational Computing Association and the Ed Tech '97 Trade Show Committee sponsored the Mississippi Educational Technology Conference early this year. The trade show introduced educators to current and emerging educational technologies.
The 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County and Southwestern Bell unveiled the "Courtroom of the Future." The new courtroom allows lawyers to animate images, show images in 3-D and use videoconferencing to talk to witnesses.
To reduce traffic accidents in Gallatin Canyon, the Western Transportation Institute at Montana University requested a $5 million grant from Congress to study and test intelligent transportation systems. Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
Gov. Ben Nelson's budget included a $23 million investment in the Information Science, Technology and Engineering Institute, a "virtual university" to be built in Scottsbluff.
The Clark County Fire Department purchased an automated voice dispatching system from GCN Electronic Inc. "The Voice Lady" automatically alerts fire and emergency medical services personnel.
GIS information for planners, town officials, resource managers and the general public can be found on the New Hampshire ResourceNet Web site at
In response to the state Supreme Court's request to provide education to the state's poorest children, Gov. Christine Todd Whitman allocated $500 million to help develop a distance learning network that will link all schools in the state.
Rep. Daniel Silva introduced a bill to allocate half of state lottery profits to educational technology, including new computers for schools in the state. Albuquerque Journal.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against New York, stating that the new online decency statute is unconstitutional. The law makes it a felony to distribute indecent material to children under 17 over a computer system. Edupage.
The Winston-Salem school board purchased Edulog, a computer program used to divide the district population to integrate students from different social and economic backgrounds. West Virginia Gazette.
A nine-member Technology Task Force was appointed to study the use of technology to improve K-12 education throughout the state. A report will be presented to the state Legislature in 1999.
The Department of Administrative Services contracted with Buford Goff & Associates to evaluate proposals from Ericsson and TRW/Motorola for a statewide radio system to replace the low-band radios used by state police. Dispatch Monthly.
The Edmond City Council contracted with Merrick and Co. to provide computerized mapping services for the city. The Edmond Evening Sun.
The state Lottery reduced its paper load by using LaserFiche's Document Imaging. Records are now scanned and stored.
The Department of Revenue awarded a contract to Unisys Corp. for the automated data entry portion of an imaging and remittance processing system for electronic tax returns.
Rhode Island is investigating solutions to potential Y2K computer problems which could lead to serious consequences for the state.
The Department of Revenue provides tax forms