As an upper-level weather maker swings into Texas, numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected to remain scattered across the Brazos Valley. A few storms could be strong -- with heavy rain, thunder, & occasional lightning -- however, this activity is not expected to become severe. Rain chance will remain in place through mid-morning to midday Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) Lower U.S. gasoline prices kept consumer inflation in check last month, helping offset higher costs for food and clothing.
The Labor Department says the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent in March, after scant 0.1 percent increases the previous two months. Prices have risen just 1.5 percent year over year. That remains well below the Federal Reserve's 2 percent target for inflation.
Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, core prices increased 0.2 percent in March and 1.7 percent in the past year.
Prices at the gas pump tumbled 1.7 percent in March, lowering costs for the entire energy category.
But food prices jumped 0.4 percent, led by increases in eggs, milk, butter, oranges, pork chops, ground beef and poultry. Prices for clothing, used cars and cable television also rose.
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