Peak: U.S. gasoline prices hit a nine-month peak as drivers took to the roads on holiday travel, crude oil prices kept climbing and refiners further cut fuel production due to weak margins, Reuters reports. Prices at the pump topped $2.25 a gallon this week, according to the American Automobile Association, the highest since March when COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. Supplies fell to the lowest in a month at 236.6 million barrels, according to U.S. government data released today. Read the full story.
Narrowed: Three candidates have been selected as finalists for the empty East Baton Rouge schools superintendent position. The finalists, Marla Sheppard, Sito Narcisse and Adam Smith, will be interviewed next week by the EBR school board. The board will select the new superintendent on Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. All meetings will be streamed on YouTube for anyone to watch. WAFB-TV has more information.
Podcasting: Amazon announced today that it’s acquiring podcasting company Wondery, expanding its catalog of original audio content, CNBC reports. As part of the deal, Wondery will join Amazon Music, the e-commerce giant’s music streaming business. Amazon Music in September added podcasts to its platform, looking to carve out a share of the increasingly competitive podcasting market, in which Spotify, Apple and others have gained ground. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment. Wondery also declined to comment. Read the full story.