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July 13, 2005 - 1:07:27 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

The Michigan State Police has initiated a new Traffic Crash Purchasing System (TCPS) so that motorists involved in accidents and/or insurance agents can purchase copies of traffic accident reports, commonly called a UD-10.

Information on crashes from the past 10 years is available. People must wait 10 days before they can access the report of their crash to allow time for filing. Reports are $10 and must be purchased with a credit card.

July 12, 2005 - 7:07:14 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that Michigan will participate in the United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) to give state residents a new tool to help protect their children. The registry will use the Department of Justice’s computer technology to link state and territory public sex offender registries, allowing citizens a one-stop shop to access information beyond their own state boundaries.

July 07, 2005 - 11:07:05 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News, Social Services, Governor

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today (July 6) unveiled a new pilot program entitled, "Talk Early, Talk Often," designed to offer parents a resource for talking with their middle school-age children about abstinence and sexuality issues. The "Talk Early, Talk Often" pilot is part of the Granholm Administration’s Blueprint for Preventing Unintended Pregnancies that includes two other initiatives: increased access to family planning services for low income women and contraceptive equity for men and women.

July 06, 2005 - 7:07:02 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: U.S. News

Government Printing Office officials, who have a significant role in preserving government information, want to capture fugitive publications, which are documents that federal agencies have published on the Web but for which no copy or record exists in GPO's database.

To recover such documents for preservation, GPO officials are interested in new software technologies such as Web harvesting, and they are reviewing proposals from companies that make such software.

July 05, 2005 - 10:07:54 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

Information technology (IT) is being deployed on a grand scale by county governments across the U.S. to better serve citizens, according to the 2005 Digital Counties Survey, an annual study by the Center for Digital Government (Center) and National Association of Counties (NACo). In recognition of their work and innovations, the top ten counties in various population sizes are honored each year.

In 2005, Oakland County placed 6th in counties 500,000 or more. Washtenaw County placed 9th in all counties 250,000-499,999 in size.

July 05, 2005 - 2:40:09 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: U.S. News, Courts

Now that Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has announced her intention to retire as soon as President Bush can find a replacement, readers may be more interested in keeping up with the latest Supreme Court news and the nominations process.

If you are into blogs, check out SCOTOSblog and The Supreme Court Nomination Blog, both brought to you by the firm of Goldstein and Howe, P.C.

July 03, 2005 - 6:51:05 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

Despite pleas from a number of small Michigan wine makers, wine drinkers in the state may soon lose their chance to get merlot or chardonnay shipped to them from their favorite wineries.

The State House Regulatory Reform Committee voted 5-1 on June 28th to endorse a ban on wine shipments from both Michigan and out-of-state wineries to bring Michigan in compliance with a recent Supreme Court opinion (Granholm v. Heald).

Local newspapers have pointed out the impact of lobbyists on this issue.

July 03, 2005 - 5:08:31 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: U.S. News

Published to mark the 10th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, this full-color publication combines overview essays and success stories that detail U.S. achievements in helping women abroad and in the United States. Text and photos focus on the areas of education and training, health, economic empowerment, political empowerment, helping women in conflict situations, and in combating violence against women.

July 03, 2005 - 5:07:43 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: U.S. News

After a voyage of 173 days and 431 million kilometers, a probe launched by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft will collide with comet Tempel 1 on July 4 – a first-of-its-kind, hyper-speed impact between a space-borne iceberg and a copper-fortified probe.

NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft and ground- and space-based observatories will record the potentially spectacular collision. Astronomers hope the collision will unleash primordial material trapped inside the comet, which formed billions of years ago.

June 28, 2005 - 9:03:45 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History, Freedom of Information

The official repository of retired U.S. government records is a boxy white building tucked into the woods of suburban College Park, MD. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is a subdued place, with researchers quietly thumbing through boxes of old census, diplomatic, or military records, and occasionally requesting a copy of one of the computer tapes that fill racks on the climate-controlled upper floors. Researchers generally dont come here to look for contemporary records, though.


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