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December 18, 2011

Listen to the Audio JUDY WOODRUFF: Even as U.S. troops leave Iraq this month and, in three years, will depart Afghanistan, the psychological wounds of war will last for some time. The NewsHour's health correspondent, Betty Ann Bowser, reports on a new Army program to help families and soldiers cope and the questions surrounding it. BETTY ANN BOWSER: Here at Fort Bragg, N.C., the Army has always trained its soldiers to hit the bulls eye. And it's always taught the importance of staying fit. Now the Army is trying to teach its soldiers new skills to fight a war in unchartered territory in the ...

December 15, 2011

Politico 2011 11 30 2011 11 30 Ahead of Nov. 6, states are making innovative changes to make it easier to cast ballots and get information about where, when, and how to vote. On tap for next year secretaries

Federal agencies will each have to create two shared IT services in 2012, in push to accomplish more with less.

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December 13, 2011

As 2010 law is implemented, auditors offer case studies of successful congressional oversight.

December 11, 2011

As information becomes more and more digital, public libraries are striving to redefine their roles. A small number are working to create "hackerspaces," where do-it-yourselfers share sophisticated tools as well as expertise.

Residents of Virginia will now have a new option to help with their end of life planning. The Commonwealth and Microsoft have partnered to create an Advance Health Care Directive Registry (AHCDR). Residents can create an advanced health care directive free of charge and have it available online no matter where they are. Documents in [...]

December 9, 2011

The City of Hamburg, Germany is planning on building elevated public parks on sections of the to-be-expanded A7 (Highway 7), which is considered one of the most important north-south connectors in Germany.
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December 7, 2011

December 6, 2011

Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman is making good on his campaign promise to bring the state’s finances online. Massachusetts Open Checkbook, a website detailing the state’s expenditures will go live later today in an effort to increase transparency. The website will contain not only expenditures, but contract details as the state works to lower overall contracting [...]

December 5, 2011

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This weekend, the Desarrollando Amrica Latina Hackathon will take place across six countries: Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. The event focuses on solving social problems using web applications and public data. The goal of the event is to create ...

December 2, 2011

New approach offers more welcoming environment, less expensive careNot long ago, a woman who had just weathered a mental health crisis at the Living Room, a low-key alternative to emergency room treatment, was headed out the door when she offered her take on the service.

Instead of being sent to the principal's office for things like truancy or dress code violations, young people in Texas are "ticketed" by school police and sent to court with misdemeanor charges. Some schools are changing their disciplinary policies to keep students from dropping out.

November 30, 2011

Schools across the USA are adding coursework focused on Internet privacy, cyberbullying and electronic plagiarism.

Thanks to a tweak in federal law, school cafeterias can now donate uneaten food instead of letting it go to waste.
Until a few days ago, schools were not covered by the Good Samaritan Act that protects well-meaning people and organizations from being sued if someone falls ill after eating donated food.
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Curbside Haiku uses colorful images and poetry on 8-inch square signs to relay street-safety messages for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

November 28, 2011

Parents across the Washington region will soon have more readily available and useful information about how their public schools are doing, the result of new initiatives underway at the local and state level for reporting and displaying education data.
The District, Maryland and Virginia are pledging some changes as part of their applications to the Obama administration for exemption from unpopular requirements of the No Child Left Behind law. Among these are the mandate for 100 percent proficiency by 2014 on standardized reading and math tests.
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Using years of crime statistics, the department's computer churns out maps with small highlighted areas where it predicts a crime will occur. Police hope that the technique helps reduce crime, but there are concerns over how the data will be used.

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