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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Funding Strategies for State Sponsored Intercity and High Speed Passenger Rail

Categories: Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Transportation

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/SD142010/$file/SD14.pdf

Virginia will have to begin subsidizing Amtrak routes through the state by 2013.  This report reviews the current state of intercity passenger rail service in Virginia, and proposes a program and funding scheme based on the practice of other states.  From the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Review of State Spending: 2010 Update

Categories: Govt Finance,Statistics,Virginia Issues

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/SD152010/$file/SD15.pdf

Reports that Virginia’s operating budget increased by 59% between fiscal years 2001 and 2010 with a 20% increase in general funds and a 103% increase in non-general funds.  The budget declined 13% over the last three fiscal years.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

Internet Usage in 2010: Households and Individuals

Categories: European Union,Science/Technology,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_OFFPUB/KS-QA-10-050/EN/KS-QA-10-050-EN.PDF

Reports that the share of households with broadband Internet access in the European Union has doubled since 2006.  Also includes information about characteristics of users, types of use, and prevalence of viruses.  From Eurostat

China: Intellectual Property Infringement, Indigenous Innovation Policies, and Frameworks for Measuring the Effects on the U.S. Economy

Categories: Business/Economics,China,Foreign Trade/Investment,Science/Technology

http://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4199.pdf

The first of two reports on the effects of intellectual property infringement by China on the U.S. economy.  Also covers effects on the U.S. economy of Chinese indigenous innovation which promotes the development and purchase of Chinese IP products over foreign products.  From the United States International Trade Commission

Geologic Map of the White Hall Quadrangle, Frederick County, Virginia and Berkeley County, West Virginia

Categories: Geology/Mining,Maps/Geography,Virginia Issues

http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2010/1265/

This quadrangle is one of several being mapped to investigate the geologic framework and groundwater resources of Frederick County, Virginia as well as other areas in the northern Shenandoah Valley.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

La Familia Drug Cartel: Implications for U.S.-Mexican Security

Categories: Drug Trafficking,Homeland Security,Mexico

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/download.cfm?q=1033

Discusses the emergence of one of the strangest Mexican drug cartels which opposes drug use by local Mexicans but imports and converts Asian and European drugs into methamphetamines for sale in the U.S.  Written by W&M government professor George Grayson. From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College

Russia’s Prospects in Asia

Categories: Russia

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/download.cfm?q=1032

Papers from a January 2010 conference on Russia’s standing and prospects for influence over developments in East Asia.  From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College

USDA Climate Change Science Plan

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

http://www.usda.gov/oce/climate_change/science_plan2010/USDA_CCSPlan_112910.pdf

Provides guidance for current and potential investments in climate change science activities for the agricultural sector.  From the U.S. Department of Agriculture

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