NEW YORK, Jan 30 (Reuters) - U.S Northern and Midwestern states called on Thursday for new ways to ease a supply crunch of the heating fuel propane during the second week of a bitter freeze, in a sign the shortages are expected to continue into next month. While millions suffer from the supply squeeze and sky-high prices, government data showed the fuel was being exported at historically high levels going into the winter, and analysts say the pace of sales abroad continued in November and January.
Jan 29 (Reuters) - Propane inventories in the United States fell last week, with stocks in the Midwest also dropping again, a government report said on Wednesday, pushing up spot prices at the key trading and storage hubs in Kansas and Texas. Demand for the heating fuel driven by frigid temperatures sent spot prices in the Midwest to a record near $5 a gallon last week and had trucks from the region making the journey to the Texas Gulf Coast seeking supply.
...The EIA says a gallon of residential propane in the Midwest cost $2.396 last week against $1.738 a year earlier. Current inventories can supply 24 days, compared with 42 days a year ago. Additional reporting by Robert Gibbons.
...bumper of another bus, according to the State Patrol. The driver was turning onto the road and never saw Scott, said Robert Gibbons, Metro Transit's director of customer services. ''The driver knew he hit something and stopped immediately...
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