Nearly 30% of total US energy consumption is in the transportation sector — mainly fuels used for automobiles, rail, aircraft, ships and barges. Most of these fleets can use natural gas to reduce costs, lower emissions and strengthen resiliency. And in Florida, many do. Continue reading
California workers would receive 100 percent of their pay while on paid child leave under a plan passed by the state Assembly. The plan now heads to the state’s Senate. Currently, under the Paid Family Leave program, workers get 60 to 70 percent of pay. Workers can get six weeks of leave during a 12-month period.
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Florida Trend reports the CEO of Lynx, metro Orlando’s bus system, resigned in February after less than three years on the job, leaving the transportation agency leaderless even as Central Florida politicians struggle to answer questions about how the region will fund mass transit. The move came shortly after the agency revealed it faces a budget shortfall of more than $20 million. Continue reading
Falling gas prices in Florida are a key reason Memorial Day travel is expected to be up nearly four percent in 2019. According to AAA, 2.3 million Floridians are expected to travel for the long weekend, with increases in the number of people driving, flying and cruising to their destinations. Continue reading
Three Texas environmental groups have notified Valero Energy of plans to file a lawsuit under the US Clean Air Act for pollution at the company’s Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, the organizations said. Continue reading
The US Department of Defense is reportedly close to expanding its legendary future warfare and technology agency DARPA by combining it with the Pentagon office in charge of adapting existing weapons to new uses. The Senate Armed Services Committee recently rolled out its proposals for a $750 billion 2020 defense budget.
Aurora Innovation, a self-driving car startup, has said it would buy Blackmore, a company that develops a detection system known as lidar, used in self-driving technology. Continue reading
NASA has picked space technology company Maxar Technologies as the first contractor to help build its Gateway platform in lunar orbit, a crucial outpost for America’s mission to relay astronauts to the moon in 2024. Continue reading
The SpaceX company has begun the roll-out of its orbiting broadband system. A Falcon-9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida packed with 60 satellites capable of giving users on the ground high-speed connections to the internet. Continue reading
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a tax bill estimated to save Florida families nearly $47 million, with two sales tax holidays. Another part of the same bill is expected to save commercial real estate renters more than $64 million, by reducing the tax rate. The new law also raises the reduction of a traffic fine when a driver attends traffic school from nine to 18 percent.
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