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St. Lucie County, Florida, Launches Permit Inspection Service

Just as new construction is picking up after the economic downtown during the last few years, St. Lucie County, Florida, has launched a new building permit inspection service. The building industry is experiencing growth this year so St. Lucie County’s new service comes at a perfect time. The new system allows residents and contractors to schedule building permit inspections and view inspection results online on its “Building Inspection System” page. Not only does the system make inspection requests easier but all building permit inspections requested prior to 9:00 pm will be scheduled for the next day. The County’s … Read More

How’s the traffic in your area?

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Does it seem that your commute to work has gotten longer? Did you hear about an accident on the radio and wish that you could check the traffic before leaving your home or the office? Using our “Traffic Cameras and Reports Resources” website, you can check your specific state and county for traffic camera websites for your area.

The Alabama Department of Transportation “traffic information and cameras” page includes traffic cameras, major construction projects, road conditions, rest areas, and congestion information. Using Alaska’s “Road Weather Information System” website, you can place your curser over … Read More

Juvenile Court

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Crime is in the news lately. But as they say in the news business, “If it bleeds, it leads.” – so whether crime rates are up or down, crime is always in the news. Among the crime reports are those in which the accused is a minor, so the reports note whether the accused will be tried as an adult or a minor. But what does that question really mean?

If the minor is tried as an adult, the trial will be in a regular criminal court, and neither the process nor the result will take the accused’s age into … Read More

Property Values on the Rise?

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Has the value of your property gone up in the last year? According to an article published in The Seattle Times on Friday, March 15, 2013, entitled “Look what’s back in your house now,” property values around the country are on the rise. Depending on where you live, the market value of your home may have risen enough in the last year that you now have positive or break-even equity.

As you know, many property values declined dramatically during the last 5 years. However, according to Federal Reserve data, net equity holdings in American homes have jumped since spring 2011. … Read More

Looking for a job in Mississippi?

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If you’re looking for a job in Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security has a new website “MDES” for job seekers and employers. Potential employees can register online to search for a new job, register for unemployment, review job hunting tips, learn about Veteran’s services, job fairs, and featured employers.

The website also offers tools for potential employers including recruitment services, online job postings, online viewing of job applications, on-the-job training information, unemployment taxes, and work opportunity tax credit information.

If you are new to Mississippi’s employment website “WINGS,” you can follow the registration information … Read More

How’s the Air Quality in your State?

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Have you ever noticed a haze in your area and wondered if it’s just fog or unhealthy smog? Smog can be created by a weather condition known as a “temperature inversion,” where the cool air in a valley is trapped by a layer of warmer air above. Temperature inversions prevent the normal release of emissions into the atmosphere thus trapping pollutants at ground level. According to an article by Paul Foy, of The Associated Press, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found the greater Salt Lake City region as having the worst air in the nation during the month … Read More

Fighting a Ticket Online

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Just two months ago, we noted a recent innovation in some courts: contesting traffic tickets by mail. This is another way courts make it easier for the public to do business. For hundreds of years, every interaction with the court system required the physical presence in the courtroom of all parties involved. In just the past few years we have noted the rise of electronic filing for attorneys and then for the rest of ustelephonic appearances; video depositions; online traffic, red light camera, and parking ticket payment; and other ways of interacting with the … Read More

Gun Control Laws

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The laws concerning gun ownership have probably never been discussed more than in the week following the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday, December 14, 2012. There are many complex issues related to gun ownership and gun control laws such as background checks, waiting periods, mental health, concealed weapons, and the sale of assault weapons.

According to a December 19, 2012, article by Adam Liptak, The New York Times, all 50 states and the District of Columbia require background checks on prospective buyers with each individual state being responsible for laws concerning gun ownership. According to the article, seven … Read More

Going to Court by Mail

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Court systems continue to develop new ways of streamlining their procedures to reduce their expenses and backlog, and to improve customer service. Last year we noted the rise of telephonic court appearances for self-represented parties in some types of hearings. But “phoning it in” isn’t the only way to avoid a trip to the courthouse. In some areas, it is now possible to contest your traffic ticket by mail.

While telephone hearings are limited to routine motions that don’t require presentation of evidence or sworn testimony, traffic ticket mail contests are the real thing: the determination of guilt or innocence. … Read More

Are You Registered to Vote?

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With the upcoming presidential election, it is more important than ever to register to vote. Traditionally, registering to vote required a paper application, either mailed or delivered to the County Courthouse. However, a number of states are now offering online voter registration.

On September 19, 2012, the State of California launched a new online voter registration system. According to the September 20, 2012, article by Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, there are 6.5 million California residents that are eligible to vote but have not registered. The California Secretary of State, Debra Bowen hopes that the new system will ensure greater … Read More