US gas prices fell below $4 a gallon for the first time in five months
After months of gas prices hitting all-time highs, U.S. drivers are feeling relieved at the pump, and the national average fell below $4 a gallon Thursday for the first time since June. The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.99, according to AAA. While the price is higher than last year’s $3.18, it’s a big drop from June 14 when the price peaked at $5.01. Average national gas prices continued to decline from that peak, dropping at least a cent per day for 38 consecutive days. . AAA spokesman Andrew Gross told USA Today that three things caused the price drop: lower oil prices, lower demand for gas and “a nice little band aid” by the Biden administration to free oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. There is no clear answer as to whether prices will continue to decline as numerous factors play a role, including oil prices, demand, Russian aggression in Ukraine, inflation and recession fears.
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GOP Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski’s funeral set
Indiana Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski’s funeral will be held Thursday in his home state, where he and three other people died in a highway crash on Aug. 3. Funeral services are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Granger Community Church in Mishawaka, Indiana. He will be laid to rest Thursday afternoon at South Bend Cemetery. According to the Indiana Sheriff’s Office, the car Walorski was riding in crashed and killed him, two workers and the driver of another vehicle. Walorski was first elected to represent northern Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District in 2012 and is seeking re-election in the Republican district this year. Walorski’s husband, Dean Swihart, said in a statement Wednesday that he has been overwhelmed by the support and kindness the family has received since her death. “His loss leaves a huge void in our family, our community and Congress,” Swihart said.
Georgia gubernatorial race heats up as Governor Kemp prepares to unveil policy proposals
Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp will unveil the first major policy proposal of his re-election bid Thursday, promising another state income tax break and the revival of a long-dormant state property tax break as he takes on Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams. After Abrams argued that “miserly” Republicans are denying basic services and ignoring inequality in favor of lower spending and tax cuts for the wealthy, Kemp took on Abrams as he celebrated record-high economic growth numbers on Wednesday. Abrams is seeking traction as he narrowly trails Kemp in the polls in a key swing state. The challenger argues that not only Kemp’s fiscal policies, but his support for abortion restrictions, relaxed gun laws and tighter controls on what is taught in schools threaten the growth of the $683 billion state economy. Former President Donald Trump angrily targeted incumbent Kemp during the primary season. But Kemp shellacked Trump-backed David Perdue and won with more than 70% of the vote earlier this year.
The Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight
What NASA is calling “the best meteor shower of the year” — the Perseids — will peak Thursday night, according to the American Meteor Society. But stargazers may be disappointed: the moon will be full, which could spoil the show due to its bright light. The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year when Earth passes through the debris cloud left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. Meteors are actually tiny dust and particles in the tails of comets as they orbit the Sun. The next full moon will rise in the evening sky Thursday and will be both a “sturgeon moon” and a “supermoon.” The moon reaches peak brightness at 9:36 pm No special equipment is needed to enjoy this view, just a dark sky and some patience, both of which may be in short supply this year due to the full moon.
Major League Baseball is returning to the Field of Dreams
The Cincinnati Reds face the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night (7:15 p.m. ET, FOX) at a throwback ballpark in Dyersville, Iowa’s Cornfield, where Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and Amy Madigan are a short walk from the field from the famous 1989 baseball movie “The Field.” of Dreams” filming. The game comes about 2 1/2 months after Liotta, who played the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson, died at age 67. Each team will wear special uniforms inspired by what the franchises looked like in the early 20th century, and Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto and Chicago outfielder Ian Happ will be on two-way mics for the broadcast. It’s the second go-round for Major League Baseball at the site in Dyersville — population about 4,400 — after the Chicago White Sox defeated the New York Yankees in a thrilling first MLB game in Iowa. The game, however, will not return until 2023 as owner Frank Thomas said construction on a youth complex at the site will begin later this year.
Contributed by: The Associated Press