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Gas prices rise ahead of Independence Day, still lowest July 4 prices since 2021

DALLAS, Tex. – Drivers this Independence Day weekend might feel a little bit more patriotic when they head to the gas station; The national average price of gasoline on July 4 is expected to be $3.49 per gallon, the lowest holiday price since 2021, according to GasBuddy, the leading fuel savings platform saving North American drivers […]

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NHTSA reminds drivers that buzzed driving is drunk driving

KANSAS CITY – As the nation celebrates Independence Day, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Region 7, which includes Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, reminds all drivers that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. In 2022, a person was killed every 39 minutes in a drunk-driving crash on our nation’s roads,

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HUD makes over $469 Million available to protect families from home health and safety hazards

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that makes over $469 million in grants available to state and local governments to help transform communities by fixing older housing, preserving affordable housing, and improving the health of children and families

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Biden-Harris Administration announces $32M in Infrastructure grants for Missouri

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has announced $32 million for two projects in Missouri, part of $1.8 billion in awards from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program. Today’s awards fund 148 projects nationwide and bring the total amount of Biden-Harris Administration RAISE grants to more than $7.2 billion for

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$850 Million to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas sector 

LENEXA, Kan. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy have announced that applications are open for $850 million in federal funding for projects that will help monitor, measure, quantify and reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. Oil and natural

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Employer costs for employee compensation for the regions – March 2024

KANSAS – Private industry employer costs for employee compensation among the four regions of the country ranged from $39.04 per hour in the South to $52.91 in the Northeast in March 2024, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In the other two regions, hourly employer costs for employee compensation stood at $41.40 in

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