Arkansas Online: Virus found in database of job seekers, state says

Arkansas Online: Virus found in database of job seekers, state says. “Investigators are trying to determine whether personal information — including Social Security numbers — for an estimated 19,000 Arkansas job seekers was stolen after a virus was detected in a statewide database, a government spokesman said.”

New Web Site Spotlights (Mostly) Agricultural Items from Arkansas

A new Web site provides information on (mostly) agricultural products produced in Arkansas. “The new site aims to improve accessibility to Arkansas products, giving buyers, grocers, restaurateurs and chefs, and consumers a one-stop database … Close to 800 growers, producers and makers have items listed for purchase. Searchers can query data at no cost to find anything from meat, dairy and fruit varieties to locally made jams and duck calls.”

Columbia: Sabin Center and StateAG.org Launch Database of Environmental Actions Undertaken by State Attorneys General

From Columbia Law School: Sabin Center and StateAG.org Launch Database of Environmental Actions Undertaken by State Attorneys General. “The database includes major and innovative actions in the environmental law realm. These include lawsuits against the federal government for failing to implement pollution control laws, lawsuits where state attorneys general have joined with the federal government to defend environmental standards, lawsuits against private actors for environmental harms, and other types of actions such as amicus briefs, administrative petitions, and legislative inputs. It does not encompass all of the routine enforcement actions undertaken by state attorneys general. Users can search the database by topic (e.g., air/water pollution or climate change mitigation), type of action, and jurisdiction. Each entry contains a summary of the action as well as links to relevant documents and related resources.”

Oklahoma Updates Its Public Prisoner Lookup System

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has updated its public prisoner lookup system. “On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections launched a new offender look-up website with a more advanced search function. Members of the public can now query the department’s database to search by race, age, conviction, and sentence, among other identifiers.”

StateTech: States Streamline Public Health with GIS

StateTech: States Streamline Public Health with GIS. “New mapping software could be changing the way your city is tackling public health. Geographic information systems (GIS), a collection of tools that make it possible to visualize sets of data on regional maps, are growing in popularity for state and local health agencies. These tools work to aggregate data collected from censuses and public agencies and put that data to work to better manage resources and plan accordingly.”

Techdirt: State Supreme Court Says California Officials Can No Longer Hide Documents In Personal Email Accounts And Devices

Techdirt: State Supreme Court Says California Officials Can No Longer Hide Documents In Personal Email Accounts And Devices. “Public servants discussing public business. Should be public records, right? California politicians don’t think so. The city of San Jose has spent eight years litigating the issue, hoping for the state’s courts to find it permissible for public officials to hide official communications in personal email accounts and personal devices.”

New Web Site Provides Information on California’s Public / Municipal Water Systems

California has launched a new Web site providing information about the state’s water systems. (The link is to a PDF file.) “With data on more than 3,000 community, schools and day care public water systems in California, the website lets users look up their water system and see whether it complies with federal drinking water standards. The site includes an interactive map that shows the locations of 292 public water systems that are currently out of compliance with federal standards for contaminants such as nitrate and arsenic.”