US gas prices fell below $4 per gallon for the first time in five months
US drivers are feeling relief at the pump, with the national average falling below $4 per gallon on Thursday for the first time since March, months after gas prices hit all-time highs. According to AAA, the average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.99. While prices are still high from last year’s high of $3.18, this is a significant drop since prices peaked at $5.01 on June 14. Average national gas prices have fallen at least one percent each day for 38 straight days from that peak. . AAA spokesman Andrew Gross told USA Today that three things contributed to the price drop: the price of oil, lower demand for gas and a “nice little Band-Aid” released by the Biden administration from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. There is no clear answer as to whether prices will continue to fall as several factors are at play, such as oil prices, demand, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, inflation and recession fears.
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Funeral for GOP Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski
Indiana Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski’s funeral will be held Thursday in his home state, where he and three others died Aug. Died in a head-on highway accident on the 3rd. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. ET in Granger. Community Church in Mishawaka, Indiana. She will be buried Thursday afternoon at the cemetery in South Bend. According to the Indiana Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle Walorski was riding in caused the crash. Walorski was first elected to represent northern Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District in 2012 and is seeking re-election this year in a solidly Republican district. Walorski’s husband, Dean Swihart, said in a statement Wednesday that he has been touched by the outpouring of 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 proposals of his re-election bid Thursday, pledging another state income tax rebate and a revival of a long-dormant state property tax break as he competes with Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams. After Abrams argued that “stingy” Republicans are denying basic services and ignoring inequality in their pursuit of lower spending and tax cuts for the wealthy, Kemp took on Abrams as he celebrated record-high economic development numbers on Wednesday. Abrams is seeking traction, narrowly trailing Kemp in the polls in a critical swing state. The challenger argues that not only Kemp’s fiscal policies but also his support for abortion restrictions, looser 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 the incumbent Kemp during the primary season. But Kemp shellacked David Perdue, a Trump supporter, 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, spoiling the show with its brilliant 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 from comet tails orbiting the Sun. The next full moon will rise in the sky on Thursday evening and will be a “sturgeon moon” and a “supermoon”. The moon reaches maximum brightness at 9:36 p.m. No special equipment is needed to enjoy the spectacle, 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 coming back 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 Cornfield, Iowa, where Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and Amy Madigan are a short walk from the field from the iconic 1989 baseball movie “Field of Dreams.” Filmed. The game comes nearly 2 1/2 months after Liotta, who played the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson, died at age 67. Each team wears a special uniform inspired by how franchises looked in the early 20th century and the 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 a 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. However, the game will not return until 2023, with owner Frank Thomas saying construction of a youth complex on the site will begin later this year.
Contributed by: Associated Press