Commonwealth Technology News
In a YouTube video, Gov. Steve Beshear encourages Kentucky state government employees to submit their ideas for improving efficiency and productivity. Read more.
Gov. Beshear Seeks Ideas and Input from State Employees
On the morning following his first State of the Commonwealth address, Kentucky state government employees were greeted with a personal e-mail from Gov. Steve Beshear, asking for their help in addressing the commonwealth’s looming budget crisis.
Lawmakers Available to Kentuckians Online and by Phone
Kentuckians can contact their state legislators and get information about the General Assembly's work in a variety of ways during the 2008 Regular Session, which began on Jan. 8, 2008.
Attorney General Conway Announces Agreement With MySpace
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway joined other attorneys general from across the country in announcing a landmark agreement that will help keep Kentucky children safe while they’re visiting social-networking sites.
AMBER Alert Program Marks 10 Years In Operation
Each year, AMBER Alert Awareness Day falls in January and the Kentucky State Police urge all Kentuckians to participate in this emergency notification system designed to help locate abducted children.
Kentucky Joins Launch of Mortgage Licensing System
The Kentucky Office of Financial Institutions joined six other state agencies in participating in the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System on Jan. 3, 2008, its first day of service.
PSC Offers Automated e-Mail Notification of Boil Advisories
Customers of a water distribution utility regulated by the Kentucky Public Service Commission now may sign up to receive e-mail notification whenever their water supplier issues a boil-water advisory.
KHS Provides Legislators, Public a Window into Kentucky's Abraham LincolnSave Taxpayer Dollars, File Your Annual Report Online
The Kentucky Historical Society is offering Kentucky legislators and the public a look at the key people, places and events connected to Kentucky's Abraham Lincoln story.
Kentucky business entities now have online access to their annual reports, including business entities that are required to file annual reports for the first time.
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The Role of the Internet in the Presidential Election
The Pew Internet and American Life Project recently released a report exploring the role of the Internet in the current U.S. presidential campaign. According to the report, the Internet is living up to its potential as a major source for news about the campaign. Nearly a quarter of Americans, 24 percent, say they regularly learn something about the campaign from the Internet, almost double the percentage from a comparable point in the 2004 campaign, which was 13 percent.
Moreover, the Internet has now become a leading source of campaign news for young people and the role of social networking sites, such as MySpace and Facebook, is a notable part of the story. Fully 42 percent of those ages 18 to 29 say they regularly learn about the campaign from the Internet, the highest percentage for any news source. In January 2004, just 20 percent of young people said they routinely got campaign news from the Internet.
To read more about the role of the Internet in U.S. presidential politics, the latest Pew report may be found here.
||Techlines Trivia Question of the Month
Question: The nationwide AMBER Alert system has played a role in the safe return of many children since its launch in 1998. How many safe returns has the AMBER Alert system been involved in, and how many alerts were issued in Kentucky last year?
Answer: The AMBER Alert system has assisted in the safe return of almost 400 children since its inception in 1998. In Kentucky, there were five AMBER Alerts issued during 2007, all resulting in the safe return of the children involved. Read more.
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