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May 6, 2013

For a city known for concrete and freeways, Houston has made great strides investing in parks and green spaces. With several new parks completed and in the works, and older ones being renovated, the transformation is garnering national attention.

May 4, 2013

Summary: With the right approach, social media can expedite the exchange of information between stakeholders, facilitate participatory planning, and build better places. Two case studies offer insight for using social media to connect with communities.

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The City Council and private foundations are paying for the extra instruction which is part of a $4.6 million effort to improve middle school reading.

April 30, 2013

April 26, 2013

States that expand Medicaid eligibility under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act can substantially expedite enrollment and retention for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In such states, 97 percent of SNAP recipients will qualify for Medicaid. Even where SNAP provides broad-based categorical eligibility, 95 percent of recipients will qualify for Medicaid. SNAP receipt can thus verify Medicaid applicants' financial eligibility and allow administrative renewal for consumers already receiving Medicaid. In 2014, waivers could permit the automated ...

For inventors and companies getting a patent or trademark the process can be long and difficult. Patent applications have their own language, and both users...

THANKS to Brett Goldstein, Chicagos chief information officer, it is easy to discover a great deal about his city. In the past three months 5,973 vehicles were moved; since the start of 2011, 72,687 complaints about faulty lights in alleyways have been reported; and in the first half of 2012 the tourist-information website was apparently unavailable for 5,870 minutes. (The city says this was caused by a fault in the monitoring software.)Needless to say, Mr Goldstein will want to get this fixed if he is to retain his annual salary of $154,992. Yet the nugget of data is a tiny detail in a ...

You are automatically 23 times more likely to have a crash if you have a cell phone in your hand, but still, experts say texting while driving has become a deadly epidemic.

April 23, 2013

The new protocols call for any vacant or abandoned building that is unoccupied for six months or longer to adhere to new board up guidelines put forth by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Commercial bicyclists are now required to carry an identification card and wear helmets and reflective upper body clothing with the business' name and cyclist's ID number on the back.

April 22, 2013

On a large pier jutting into the East River in south Brooklyn, New York City is putting the finishing touches on a massive recycling plant, lined with state-of-the-art technology and built of recycled steel. When it opens this summer, it will be North America’s largest “comingled” plant, which means it can handle everything from metal filing cabinets to plastic yogurt containers. At an estimated cost of $180 million, the plant is the Big Apple’s bet that it can not only improve its recycling rate but leapfrog other U.S. cities to become one of the nation’s recycling ...

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will launch a new STEM AmeriCorps initiative to spur student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math education, President Obama announced today at the White House Science Fair.

Six Nissan Leaf cabs will go into service Monday. Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky said the new taxis are zero-emission vehicles that are better for the environment.

Federal agency expects new IT system to process and track veterans' disability claims more quickly.

April 21, 2013

Utah, with a history of missionary work, hopes to create a bilingual work force, in part to lure international businesses.    

April 19, 2013

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has launched a beta of its discovery portal and open platform. The portal delivers millions of materials found...

April 16, 2013

April 15, 2013

Students in Travis O'Hair's Creative Engineering class at Skyline High School had grown accustomed to designing solutions to problems stemming from hypothetical hurricanes or earthquakes.

April 14, 2013

In summary, GAO's 2013 annual report identifies 31 new areas where agencies may be able to achieve greater efficiency or effectiveness. Within these 31 areas, GAO identifies 81 actions that the executive branch or Congress could take to address the issues GAO identified. Although it may be appropriate for multiple agencies or entities to be involved in the same programmatic or policy area due to the nature or magnitude of the federal effort, GAO's report includes 17 areas of fragmentation, overlap, or duplication where multiple programs and activities may be creating inefficiencies. The report ...

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