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Good to Know…Week of January 24, 2011

States Will Soon Have to Start Paying Interest on Their Massive Unemployment Borrowing
Sometimes it’s time to pay the piper. And sometimes that piper is the federal government. And sometimes the piper wants more than $1 billion. Soon.

To read this article, go to: Propublica.org

Our Recovery Tracker Database Hits $430 Billion Mark
Nearly two years since the first stimulus dollars entered the economy, ProPublica continues to follow where they’re all going with the latest update of our Recovery Tracker.

To read this article, go to: Propublica.org

Are Plug-In Electric Cars Dirtier Than Regular Hybrids?
There’s a common argument against electric vehicles that goes something like this: the majority of our power still comes from coal, so plugging in EVs to a coal-powered grid isn’t any better, and may even be worse, than using gasoline-powered vehicles. A new report from MIT, The Electrification of the Transportation System: Issues and Opportunities, supports that argument–sort of.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com


ONC Will Simplify Guides for Establishing Exchange Standards
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT plans to develop a clearer set of technical descriptions for establishing the standard clinical document formats for exchanging summary information as patients move across settings of care.

To read this article, go to: GovHealthIT.com


China’s Hu Says ‘A Lot to be Done’ on Human Rights
Mr Hu was speaking at a rare joint news conference with US President Barack Obama on the first full day of his state visit to the US.

Asked to justify China’s human rights record, Mr Hu said China had “made enormous progress recognised in the world”.

To read this article, go to: BBC.CO.UK

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