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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Indiana to Form Internet of Things Lab

From self-driving vehicles to Internet-connected Crock-pots, Fishers, Ind., hopes to be the next hub for the Internet of Things (IoT), as shown by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness' joint announcement of the Indiana Internet of Things Lab-Fishers. Continue reading.
As more and more Americans hold nontraditional jobs that don’t have benefits attached — think freelance graphic designers or Uber drivers — cities and states are exploring ways to ensure those workers still have access to workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, and other support such as help paying for health insurance. Continue reading.
In a moment he described as “historic,” Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday signed a sweeping piece of legislation that mandates insurance coverage for up to six months of substance abuse treatment, imposes the nation’s strongest limit on initial opioid drug prescriptions and requires education for patients and doctors about the risks associated with the drugs. Continue reading.
New York State has finalized regulations that will require banks and insurers to meet minimum cyber-security standards. The standards include reporting breaches to regulators - part of a concentrated drive to beat back increased cyber crime and keep damage to consumers at a minimum. Continue reading.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Can Marijuana Ease the Opioid Epidemic?

After a 12-year battle with debilitating abdominal conditions that forced her to stop working, marijuana has helped Lynn Sabulski feel well enough to look for a job.  Sabulski is among nearly 14,000 patients in New York state who are certified to use medical marijuana for one of 10 conditions, including her primary diagnosis, inflammatory bowel disease. Continue reading.
A federal appeals court on Thursday ordered Pennsylvania prisons to abandon a policy that automatically kept former death-row inmates in solitary confinement, in some cases for years after their capital sentences had been vacated. Continue reading
Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law a measure that will license and regulate the popular ride-sharing industry, bringing to a close a tumultuous, three-year effort marked by threats from Uber executives they would pull out of New Jersey.  N.J. is now the 36th state to regulate Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing businesses. Continue reading.
In 2012, the U.S. added over 39 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. That’s equivalent to a pile of 33-foot-diameter one-metric-ton spheres stacked 2.3 miles high and 4.6 miles across. Continue reading
The targeting of election systems in Arizona and Illinois by Russian hackers last summer received a lot of media attention. But those were far from the only or even the most serious recent attacks on government computer networks, which are increasingly coming in the crosshairs of cyber criminals drawn by the sensitive data stored on those computers and the relatively lax security employed to protect them from being hacked. Continue reading
On any given day at the Salud Clinic, Lucrecia Maas might see 22 patients. They come to the community health center tucked away in an office park here needing cavities filled, prescriptions renewed and babies vaccinated. When they start to speak, it’s rarely in English. Sometimes it’s Hindi. Or Dari. Or Hmong. Or Russian. Continue reading.

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