Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:46 Houston commuters spent an average of 75 hours in congestion in 2017, up from 43 hours in 2000, according to a new report from Texas A&M Transportation Institute. According to the researchers, it’s part of a nationwide trend, as employment in the U.S. has grown by just over 50% since the early 1980s, meaning more people are on the road trying to get to work. Since that time, the average number of hours that commuters nationwide lose to traffic delays has nearly tripled to 54 hours per year. And when you add up all that time stuck in traffic, researchers say it’s now costing the U.S. about $166 billion a year, while the amount of wasted fuel adds up to about three billion gallons annually.Researcher David Schrank told News 88.7 that travel demand is growing faster than the system’s ability to handle it and no one solution will solve the problem.“Congestion is an issue everywhere,” said Schrank. “You need to do a little bit of everything or actually a lot of everything. Add capacity or make road improvements where there’s obvious need but look at other options and things as well. Look at public transportation. Look at bike-ped where it makes sense.”The study says growing congestion doesn’t just affect commuters, but it’s also a burden on manufacturers and shippers, who are having to pass the cost on to consumers when they lose money stuck in traffic. X Listen Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media Traffic backed up on I-45 North Freeway
Petrol and diesel prices are likely to be cut by close to Re 1 per litre this weekend on sliding global oil rates.This would be the seventh reduction in petrol prices since August and the third in rates of diesel since its decontrol last month.State-owned fuel retailers Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) following the fortnightly review practice, are due to revise rates of petrol and diesel on Saturday.In all probability, rates will be reduced if the current trend of declining international oil prices continue, industry sources said.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Literacy Society held its annual spelling bee on Saturday, with registration seeing a big increase over last year.Last year’s spelling bee saw just 15 students participate, but that number jumped to 78 participants from around the North Peace this year.First place contestants in each age group ended up taking home a prize of $100, along with trophies and medals. CM Finch student Roy Kim ended up placing first among Grade 1 students to open the spelling bee, while Cooper Haggstrom – who is homeschooled – placed second. In the combined Grades 2/3 group, Bert Ambrose student Maximus Willams ended up taking home the top prize, while Paige Umbach placed 2nd.After the second group of students competed, six members of the local media from Moose FM, the Alaska Highway News, and Bell Media competed to find out which of them relied the least on spell-check at work. After the judges threw several curveballs at the hapless broadcasters and journalists, it was CJDC-TV News Director Hugh Smith who ended up winning the media challenge.The two older age groups were dominated by students from Christian Life School. Literacy Society executive director Jessica Kalman said that the school held its own spelling bee before the event at the Lido Theatre over the weekend.Abigail Krafczyk placed first amongst Grades 4/5 students, followed by her classmate Irina Fendel. After a back-and-forth match-up that lasted close to 45 minutes, Dennis Fendel ended up winning the Grades 6/7 age group, beating Jaden Meyer.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Texas is, and will likely always be, the hub for top prospects in Texas. Young kids who grow up in Texas generally grew up as Texas fans. Many kids idolized Vince Young, Jamaal Charles, Earl Thomas, or any number of star players who began their careers in Austin.“Usually players from there, if they get an offer from Texas, they’ll go there,” Gundy said at his weekly press conference. “The majority of the guys on our team didn’t get offered by Texas.”It’s true – some of Oklahoma State’s best players from Texas didn’t earn scholarship offers from Texas.Jordan Sterns, Emmanuel Ogbah, Ashton Lampkin, Zach Crabtree — all guys who came out of high school without offers from Texas — to name a few.AdChoices广告Despite the fact that the Longhorns program has been “down” for several years, top recruits will file in to Austin to watch the prime time matchup with Oklahoma State Saturday as many Texas natives do nearly every home game. Charlie Strong and his staff will have the ear of the recruits as they play host; but Mike Gundy and Co. are the ones who could earn a favorable impression with recruits and make a big statement on Saturday with a win in enemy territory.