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Florida Chamber touts ‘science-based solutions’ to solve state’s water problems

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is out with a new video focusing on research done on the state’s water systems by researchers at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). The video is the latest in a series of videos on water quality put out by the Chamber focusing on various bodies of water within Florida and problems ailing those systems. “When it comes to securing Florida’s future, there are few issues more important than water,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber. “With 5 million more people expected to call Florida home by 2030, science-based solutions are the only way to ensure Florida’s water future is sustainable and provides the quality of life Floridians and visitors deserve.”

Pensacola News Journal

Stuff the Bus school supplies drive accepting donations for Santa Rosa County students

Volunteers throughout Santa Rosa County are "stuffing the bus" to ensure every child is prepared for the first day of school. Stuff the Bus, a donation drive dedicated to providing 3,000 backpacks full of supplies to students in Santa Rosa County, is hosting its main collection day July 24. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., volunteers will collect and sort donations at the Milton/Pace, Navarre and Tiger Point Walmart locations. Volunteers will give out supplies lists to customers, as well as collect pre-purchased donations, at each location during the designated time frame. "Education is such a priority in our community ... . On the first day of school, we want students to walk through our front doors feeling ready," said Karen Barber, Santa Rosa County School District's director of federal programs.

Florida Politics

Automated vehicles moving from science toward assembly line

Just 15 years since the first fully automated vehicles were crashing and burning in the California desert, industry leaders are convinced they’re close to moving from science experiments and limited practical uses toward consumer assembly lines. “The automated vehicle industry has moved from vehicles crossing the desert looking like Franken-cars to billions of dollars in investment and approaching production,” declared Aurora co-founder and automated vehicle pioneer Chris Urmson at an international conference in Orlando Tuesday morning at which hundreds of such pioneers are gathering to plot the automated vehicle future.