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The Philly Four: Gas prices at record high

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Gas prices soar, set record in Philly region

  • A mixture of increased demand over a limited supply of oil and the ongoing war in Ukraine has driven gas prices to record highs in Pennsylvania. The average price of gas in the Philadelphia region is $4.22, topping the record high set in 2008 of $4.15. The situation could get worse before it gets better as peak driving season isn't until the summer and projections show crude oil and gasoline prices continuing to rise into the spring.

Groups combatting opioid crisis get grant money

  • The Kensington Community Resilience Fund is sending out $20,000 from grantees to 20 groups that are attempting to assist the local communities most affected by the opioid crisis. Though Philadelphia has not yet released the numbers, it was on pace in 2021 to surpass the previous years' overdose death total of over 1,200 people. Residents of areas like Kensignton say the grant is a great way to revitalize the community.

Gov. Wolf asks for funds to help fleeing Ukrainian refugees

  • Gov. Tom Wolf asked for $2 million to fund refugee resettlement agencies to help Ukrainians escape the war. Wolf went on to support a ban on public investment in companies connecting to the Russian government. It is unclear at the moment how many refugees could potentially arrive in the state but Pennsylvania has the second-highest Ukrainian population in the country.

Government sending out another round of free COVID tests

  • The federal government is sending out another round of free COVID-19 tests to citizens across the country. The limit per household has been raised to eight, so if you already received the four tests during the last round of distribution you can place an order for four more. The shipping process should also be faster than last time as the government has a larger stockpile of tests on hand.

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