Roundup: Gas prices up / Graduation gaps persist / Oil rig count higher

    Fueling up: Average gas prices rose by almost 7 cents per gallon in the past week, according to GasBuddy.com. Average gas prices in Baton Rouge are now closer to 2017 averages, when drivers paid $2.10 per gallon.

    Stacked odds: Elite colleges nationwide have increased the number of low-income students they enroll in recent years, but getting those students to graduate has been more challenging, The Wall Street Journal reports. The average difference in six-year graduation rates between students who received Pell grants—federal awards for low-income families—and those who didn’t at a particular school was 8.9 percentage points, based on on data from the 2011 entering class at all public and private, nonprofit schools where at least 50 students received Pell grants and 50 who did not. Read the full story.

    Up and up: The Gulf of Mexico led a small rig count jump this week as the offshore sector grows The U.S. rig count counted a net gain of two active drilling rigs this week, including two in the deepwater Gulf and one in its shallow inland waters. The onshore rig count actually dipped by one, according to weekly figured compiled by the services firm Baker Hughes. The overall rig count is up to 1,051 active rigs, including 857 rigs primarily drilling for crude oil. Read the full report.

     

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