< nocall/register.html> that will allow citizens to register for the states "no call" list that will prevent unwanted telephone solicitations.

Illinois

The West Aurora School District is using a state Technology Integration Program grant to buy fiber- optic cable, computers and other Internet-related hardware to wire the districts schools. Work started in March on the three-month project. -- The Beacon News

Iowa

Gov. Tom Vilsacks weekly news statement and other news events will now be accessible to citizens by logging onto a new state Web site <www.infoweb.state.ia.us/governorlinks>.

Kansas

The Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) is now offering online license verifications for all professionals licensed in the state by BSRB. The Web site <www.ksbsrb.org> will allow users to print the license information as proof of verification.

Kentucky

State officials announced plans to expand high-speed Internet access to many rural areas by turning existing copper phone wires into high-speed data conduits. The results should provide Internet connections much faster than traditional dial-up connections. -- The Cincinnati Enquirer

Louisiana

The state announced that the Office of Statewide Information Systems would conduct plans to have a Web-based reporting tool and data-warehouse system in place within the next 12 to 18 months. The new system will bring different state business applications to one central location.

Maine

Gov. Angus King and Commissioner Janet Waldron have appointed Harry Lanphear as the states new CIO. In addition to other duties, he plans to examine how to integrate technology among the various levels of government.

Maryland

In March, Dorchester County Commissioners announced plans to standardize the countys computer system beginning with the County Office Building. Officials plan to have the system extended to offices outside the countys main office building within a couple of months. -- Newszap Online

Massachusetts

In March, Gov. Paul Cellucci announced a revision of the states online services to be launched within the next six months. The new state Web site <www.mass.gov> should help residents navigate state agencies and services and save the state $140,000 over six years, due to a reduction in paperwork and fewer jobs. -- The Boston Globe

Michigan

Gov. John Engler delivered the first laptop computers to teachers as part of an effort to improve open communications between teachers, parents and students. The Teachers Technology Initiative allocates up to $1,200 for each eligible educator to receive a computer and software.

Minnesota

The Department of Agriculture plans to have their new Laboratory Information Management System installed and under way by April 2001. This new system will save time and make it easier for laboratory staff to enter and track information, giving them the ability to accomplish food safety procedures more efficiently.

Mississippi

The state Board of Education was informed by representatives from the National Career Assessment Services that the states Tech Prep Initiative is successful in its efforts to integrate academic and technical education. The results of the Mississippi Career Learning Assessment found that students have improved in reading, math and communication skills in addition to computer usage.

Missouri

The state Department of Health developed an online computerized background screening service to access background information on registered child-care and elder-care workers and information on licensed providers. The registry offers a free, one-stop resource that gives parents and employers crucial information on a caregivers history.

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