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El Paso Considers Buying Electric Utility, but Is It Worth It?

El Paso, Texas, officials were considering purchasing El Paso Electric, but a divided discussion gave them pause. It would cost millions of dollars and years to complete, also is it even legal to acquire the utility’s assets?

By Vic Kolenc, El Paso Times | December 12, 2019
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Driverless Truck Safely Delivers 40,000 Pounds of Butter

Plus.ai and Land O’Lakes partnered to freight the butter from Tulare, Calif., to Quakertown, Pa., with a safety driver ready to take over at any time, though they didn’t have to. Self-driving trucks could be “a few years out.”

By Levi Sumagaysay, The Cupertino Courier | December 11, 2019
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City Incentivizes Car “Connected” Technology for Study

Columbus, Ohio, is hoping that residents will connect their cars with technology that allows their vehicle to interact with other cars and traffic signals. All 1,300 “connected” cars would receive up to $300 in gift cards.

By Bill Bush, The Columbus Dispatch | December 11, 2019
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A Quantum Computing Future Is Unlikely, Due to Random Hardware Errors

Google claims it has cracked the code on quantum supremacy — IBM says not so fast. One researcher explains why he doesn't see quantum computers outpacing classical computers anytime soon ... and maybe not ever.

By Subhash Kak, Oklahoma State University | December 11, 2019
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New England Wants Grid to Switch to Carbon-Free Energy ASAP

Senators from the region are pushing for the electric grid operator to reduce greenhouse gases, but progress is slow. Senators say the operator has “institutional tunnel vision” and the utility says its ideas are “taken off the table.”

By Stephen Singer, The Hartford Courant | December 11, 2019
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Supreme Court Agrees, Cellphone Companies Must Post Warnings

A challenge to Berkeley’s requirement that cellphone companies notify customers of possible radiation dangers of having phones close to their bodies was rejected by the Supreme Court because Berkeley’s notice is “literally true.”

By Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle | December 11, 2019
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Arkansas Hopes Cybersecurity Task Force Increases Awareness

The new group, created through executive order, will focus on opportunities to advance education surrounding cybersecurity issues and careers, building on previous efforts to beef up the state's defenses.

By Government Technology | December 11, 2019
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Massachusetts Revenue to Fade in Next Budget Cycle

The state’s tax revenue growth for fiscal year 2021 is expected to slow down, with estimates for the coming fiscal year ranging from a low of 0.8 percent to a high of 3.5 percent.

By Colin A. Young and Kate Lannan, State House News Service | December 11, 2019
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Rhode Island Health Insurance Finance Penalty to Start Soon

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo proposed and state lawmakers earlier this year approved a state version of the health insurance mandate that was a key part of the Affordable Care Act signed into law by then-President Barack Obama.

By Katherine Gregg, Newport Daily News | December 11, 2019
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Bitter Battle Underway in New York over $6 Billion Budget Gap

The massive, Medicaid-induced deficit has triggered differing ideas from lawmakers in Albany on whether to cut spending or raise taxes. “For us in the Assembly, we always believe in raising revenue.”

By Denis Slattery, New York Daily News | December 11, 2019
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