Roundup: LSU president search / US manufacturing / Gasoline prices  

    Candidate interviews: The LSU Presidential Search Committee is meeting today and tomorrow to interview the eight candidates for the role of LSU system president and chancellor. The interviews are being telecast via Zoom for the public. See the list of candidates here

    March jump: Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods rebounded 0.5% in March as U.S. factories recovered from frigid February weather disruptions. It was the 10th gain in the past 11 months and followed a 0.9% decline in February, a month when much of the country was hit by severe winter storms, the Commerce Department reported this morning. Orders in a closely watched category that tracks business investment plans also rebounded, increasing 0.9% after having fallen 0.8% in February, according to The Associated Press.

    On the rise: The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 2 cents over the past two weeks, to $2.96 per gallon, The Associated Press reports. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the increase came as crude oil costs also rose. The price at the pump is $1.03 higher than it was a year ago. The highest average price in the nation right now is $4.04 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area. The lowest average is $2.49 in Baton Rouge. The average price of diesel is unchanged over the same period, at $3.13.