Roundup: Storm preparations / Gasoline prices / NOLA layoffs 

    Mustang Sally: Mayor Sharon Weston Broome signed a parishwide emergency disaster declaration this weekend ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Sally and Gov. John Bel Edwards has requested a federal disaster declaration. Edwards is hosting a news conference today at 2 p.m. to discuss the storm. Baton Rouge residents can pick up sandbags at these BREC locations outlined here. All city-parish buildings will close at 2 p.m. today.  

    At the pump: The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline edged up about 2 cents over the past three weeks to $2.26 per gallon. That’s 37 cents below the average pump price from a year ago. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says that slipping crude oil prices could mean gas prices will start to fall in coming weeks. Nationwide, the highest average price for regular-grade gas is in San Francisco at $3.38 per gallon. The lowest average is, as usual, in Baton Rouge at $1.80 per gallon.   

    Layoffs continue: Layoffs continue in the entertainment and hospitality industries in New Orleans, with four businesses filing WARN layoff notices with state officials last week. Ace Hotel New Orleans will lay off 88 employees, effective Tuesday, while Live Nation Entertainment is laying off 84 employees, effective April 2020.  Sheraton New Orleans and Dave & Busters will lay off 170 and 97 employees, respectively, effective November.