Garbage trucks in Tacoma, Washington, carry waste, but that doesn't mean they have to produce it. Through the use of biodiesel fuel, the trucks have cleaned up their own act, reducing tailpipe emissions by 25 percent.
By declining to hear an Iowa appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court has opened the way for state and local employees to sue for overtime pay. The action could have a devastating fiscal impact on Iowa, but it won't necessarily affect other states.
Arizona state employees no longer have to wait until their departments offer the training classes they'd like to take. Now, they can research classes, register for them and then take them at Arizona Government University, an online clearinghouse that carries all classes offered by the state.
To collect back taxes, Pulaski County, Arkansas, turned to a high-tech
version of an age-old technique: public humiliation. In July, the
county put up a Web site listing companies and individuals with
delinquent tax records. The site, which started out with just the top
businesses, now includes personal property taxes, real estate taxes
and special improvement district taxes.
In a state known for rodeos and livestock, it's hard to imagine that a
dispute would arise over one additional cow. But that's just what has
happened in Texas since Fort Worth, fondly known as "Cowtown,"
unveiled its new logo.
Visitors to a popular tourist spot in Jacksonville, Florida, can now
surf the Web from sidewalk cafes, park benches and even boats. The
city has installed wireless Internet access at the riverfront
Jacksonville Landing, enabling visitors to use the Internet free of
charge from most laptops and personal digital assistants.