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January 24, 2012

For schools that have trouble finding volunteers willing to visit, newly designed software is allowing tutors to meet with beginning readers online.

Maryland is trying to give local business owners more incentive to grow the economy with a series of measures. They’ve launched an online database of all financial incentives available for job creation, and economic development. The database will support a variety of other online tools for business owners, designed to help them while also increasing [...]

A New York hospital is testing a new approach to fight obesity. A Boston hospital wants to try a new nursing model. A suburban Washington primary-care clinic plans to expand its pharmacy program that gives one-on-one medication counseling to patients with chronic illnesses.

January 23, 2012

Cities are getting into food policy as a means to make it easier for their residents to get healthy food. Funding is also an issue, with billions of USDA dollars flowing to food and health programs.

As states and metropolitan areas fight to regain ground lost during the economic downturn, the ability to innovate is proving increasingly crucial. Innovation allows economies to adapt as new technologies emerge. It enables existing companies to survive and thrive and encourages new businesses to develop. A strong innovation ecosystem facilitates the design of new products and the development of new production processes. Without it, states and metros will find themselves lagging behind in the next economy. Recognizing the role that innovation will play in stimulating job creation and economic ...

VA will begin shifting operations at hospitals in New York and New Jersey in March.

The commonwealth's nonprofit affordable housing developers are outgreening their market-rate peers, bringing green building up to scale statewide.
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Members of area municipal boards may soon be able to take part in meetings even when they are miles away. The attorney general’s office in November authorized cities and towns to allow members of their boards and committees to participate remotely at meetings under certain circumstances using audio and video technologies. Some area communities have begun exploring the option.

More investment in basic research, STEM education, and entrepreneurship "clusters" are among the proposals in a 160-page Commerce Department report.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40 Americans a day die from prescription drug abuse — more than heroin and cocaine combined.

January 17, 2012

The New York Police Department is working to develop a tool capable of detecting concealed firearms at a distance.

Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School in the Pocket area is opening its doors to neighbors and families interested in playing with LEGOs and learning how the school uses the colorful blocks to build math, science and engineering skills.

Tax credits, other financial incentives offeredFrustrated by Maryland's high rate of health disparities, state leaders are proposing a new attack — one more commonly associated with economic development.

Houston radio station KPFT's The Prison Show helps inmates connect to the outside by broadcasting messages from loved ones and even conducting on-air weddings. "This is a real dark, dark place," says inmate John Chris Hernandez, "and when the show comes on ... it brings a light into the cell."

Locating a missing person inside a burning building filled with blinding smoke can be tricky and extremely dangerous. University of Maryland firefighters are trying something new, science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports in this National Science Foundation* Science Nation piece: a sensor system that tracks first responders while they're moving inside burning, smoky buildings. While firefighters move through the smoke, computers follow them on an electronic map. "If my firefighters get in trouble and need help, it's going to cut my time down to about a tenth of what it takes ...

January 16, 2012

More than five years after New Jersey passed a law to start tracking prescription drug use, the state is launching a long-awaited database monitoring use of dangerous drugs with the intent of helping doctors spot abusers more quickly and authorities stop drug dealers.

January 14, 2012

The state of New York is considering a dramatic expansion of its DNA collection. New Yorkers who find themselves under arrest for anything may soon have to give up a sample.

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