to assist and support 14 information technology projects, including access for rural schools, local governments and rural health care providers.

Maryland

Gov. Parris N. Glendening launched the "Maryland Connected for Learning" initiative that will wire public schools to the Internet in time for the fall semester.

Massachusetts

The Department of Transitional Assistance is undergoing a six-month pilot program with the National Registry Inc. to verify the use of finger imaging to enroll qualified participants in Aid to Families with Dependent Children and Food Stamp programs. The Power of Positive Identification

Michigan

The Employment Security Commission installed a Periphonics interactive voice response system called MARVIN (Michigan Automated Response Voice Interactive Network) to allow jobless workers to claim unemployment benefits by phone.

Minnesota

The Department of Administration launched "Plugging In" Minnesota Communities, a statewide outreach program to educate and inform communities on the use of information technology.

Mississippi

The Department of Public Safety awarded a contract to PRC to develop a fully integrated criminal history system, including automated fingerprint identification, law enforcement message switches and computerized criminal history files.

Missouri

Public libraries can now apply for grants to help fund automation projects, including automating libraries still using a manual system, and upgrading libraries currently using an automated system.

Montana

Montana awarded a $25 million contract to BDM to develop an online integrated management information system that will determine eligibility and process applications for Aid for Families with Dependent Children.

Nebraska

The Department of Social Services will implement a new computer system called CHARTS (Children Have A Right To child Support). The system connects Nebraska to other states and court systems to help locate parents who are delinquent in child support payments.

Nevada

Clark County received 13 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties, including an award for the Justice Court's reengineered criminal case document filing system.

New Hampshire

The State Library set a record when it logged its 67 millionth OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) interlibrary loan request. OCLC is a nonprofit computer library research organization that links more than 22,000 libraries.

New Jersey

The New Jersey Legislature has a new Website at that includes information on legislative bills, bill histories and the state Constitution.

New Mexico

Schools in Laguna participated in a Four Directions pilot project conducted by the U.S. Department of Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to connect students on Indian reservations to the Internet. Microsoft contributed over $350,000 in software, computers and cash.

New York

The New York City Department of Probation selected Infotec Development Inc.'s Checkin, a kiosk-based automated probation reporting system, to automate the reporting of 35,000 offenders.

North Carolina

The Charlotte Chamber's

Information Technologies Council, Cedalion Education and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools have begun a pilot project offering technical computer training at two local high schools.

North Dakota

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine offers MedStar, a program that links the school to hospitals throughout the state and allows health care professionals to take continuing education courses at UND through an audio-video network.

Ohio

The Department of Taxation selected Andersen Consulting to develop a new computer system that consolidates all taxpayers' demographic and financial information into a single database.

Oklahoma

The city of Edmond selected PlanGraphics as a consultant for a geographic information system assessment and to develop a GIS implementation plan.

Oregon

The Department of Fish and Wildlife offers a free online subscription of its weekly hunting, fishing and wildlife reports. To subscribe, send e-mail to . For a weekly recreation report, type subscribe recreport in body of message and leave subject

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