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News in Brief- May 8, 2019

News in Brief- May 8, 2019

Average US price of gas spikes 5 cents per gallon to $2.97


CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 5 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past two weeks, to $2.97.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that gas prices have spiked 66 cents since early January.

But Lundberg says dropping crude oil costs could mean that prices at the pump will soon stabilize.

The highest average price in the nation is $4.14 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The lowest average is $2.45 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The average price of diesel rose 3 cents over the past two weeks, to $3.17.


Diana Ross feels 'violated' by airport screener's touching

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Diana Ross says she feels "violated" by an airport screener who touched her between her legs after she performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, the Motown legend says she blames the Transportation Security Administration for a screening at the New Orleans airport that makes her want to cry. She said she can "still feel her hands" between her legs, front and back.

TSA spokesman Mark Howell said in a statement to The Associated Press that the agency is investigating, but its initial video review indicates all protocols were followed. He says the agency is committed to treating all travelers with respect and courtesy.

Ross tweeted that she was treated like "royalty" while performing but "treated like "sh--" at the airport.

Information from: The New Orleans Advocate,


No mid-May Louisiana release of medical marijuana products

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's first batch of medical marijuana won't reach the shelves by the mid-May deadline demanded by pharmacists and patients. But June could be a possibility.

Louisiana State University's agricultural center, which oversees one of two state-sanctioned growers, said Friday it expects to have a final therapeutic cannabis product to state regulators for testing by the end of May.

The release to dispensing pharmacies will depend on how long the agriculture department takes to do its testing — and on nothing disrupting production plans to get the product to the department.

Even when LSU's grower GB Sciences gets medicinal-grade pot to shelves, it's expected to be a limited supply for patients with the most severe conditions. It's unclear who would be on that list.

Only the agricultural centers at LSU and Southern University are allowed to grow cannabis. Southern University's grower, Ilera Holistic Healthcare, started its work after GB Sciences, so it doesn't expect to provide medical marijuana to pharmacies until the fall.