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February 1, 2012

Florida, Virginia, and California are using LiveBallot, based on Microsoft's Windows Azure platform, for U.S. 2012 primary elections.

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Web cameras might be coming to some Indiana courtrooms as part of a pilot project. Indiana Supreme Court Justice Randall Shepard is scheduled to announce details of the program at 11 a.m. Friday, according to a news release from the state supreme court.

To encourage exercise, L.A. County adopts an ordinance for bicycle parking and wider sidewalks.

January 31, 2012

Say goodbye to engine noise and exhaust fumes, a proposal in the Plainview-Old Bethpage school district is seeking to turn yellow buses green.

Reading the D.C. Metro map. Credit: Flickr user DCMattThis piece originally ran on Greater Greater Washington.

How can transit agencies and app developers best help people use transit, at a lower cost than adding new service? Two new studies suggest that real-time information, for simple trips, and service frequencies, for complex trips, can best help riders.

A study of Seattle’s OneBusAway mobile app, just released at the Transportation Research Board meeting, shows that real-time information decreases wait time by almost 20 percent, and decreases the amount of time riders think they ...

January 30, 2012

Less salt and fat. More whole grains, fruit, veggies and low-fat dairy. This is what kids can expect in the school lunchroom soon, according to new standards for school meals announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and first lady Michelle Obama.

January 24, 2012

As U.K. report praises U.S. veterans' home health monitoring, it begs the question why telehealth hasn't gained traction across U.S. healthcare system.

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department will begin a pilot program allowing U.S. citizens in the United States and Canada to apply online for a passport card, officials said.

Every federal agency could benefit from engaging more on social media, but different agencies ought to engage in different ways, said Gadi Ben-Yehuda, who will be teaching a 12-week government-sponsored course beginning in ...

Homeless people may stand a better chance of improving their health when offered a permanent place to live without a requirement for sobriety, the results from a Seattle center suggest.

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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