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Scotty McCreery Update

Scotty McCreery will wrap up 2019 in the studio working on his fourth album. The American Idol alum says he’s been writing and gathering songs for the new project and has no intention of waiting another five years to put it in the hands of fans like he did between his sophomore effort, See You Tonight and his 2018 album, Seasons Change.

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Luke Combs’ Album Debuts at the Top

Luke Combs’ sophomore album, What You See Is What You Get, debuts at the top of the Top 200 all formats chart this week after sales of 172,000 copies. Luke’s album is just the second by a country artist to debut at No. 1 on the all formats album chart this year, after Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road back in June. What You Is What You Get includes the chart topping hit Beer Never Broke My Heart as well as Luke’s latest, Even Though I’m Leaving.

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Black Friday Deals

We’ve all seen the ads from retailers claiming the best Black Friday deals. However, WalletHub has identified in its 2019 Black Friday Freshness Report that 18 percent of all deals are recycled this year. Among the retailers, Harbor Freight has the most recycled deals, totaling 60.2 percent of its current offers, whereas Costco has the least, at 2.4 percent.

Retailers with the Most Recycled Deals
1. Harbor Freight (60.2%)
2. Office Depot and OfficeMax (30.5%)
3. Ace Hardware (29.9%)
4. Sears (29.3%)
5. JCPenney (28.2%)

 

Retailers with the Least Recycled Deals
18. Best Buy (8.9%)
19. Lenovo (6.7%)
20. Dell Home (6.0%)
21. Fred Meyer (5.5%)
22. Costco (2.4%)

To view WalletHub’s full Black Friday Freshness report, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/black-friday-deals-better-or-worse/16899/

For a complete list of Black Friday deals updated daily, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/black-friday-ads/16713/

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AAA Weekly Fuel Gage

On the week, gas prices are mostly cheaper across the country. A small number of states saw pump prices decrease more than a dime, though the majority saw fluctuation of a few pennies. Today’s national average of $2.59 is two cents cheaper than last week.

An increase in gasoline stocks amid robust demand helped to push gas prices cheaper on the week, AAA expects this trend to continue throughout most of the month, but the exception is Thanksgiving. With nearly 49.3 million Americans expected to travel by car for the holiday, gas prices may start to fluctuate by the end of this week.”

Today’s national average is six cents less than last month and three cents cheaper than this time last year.

Pump price volatility continues across the Great Lakes and Central States. However, most states in the region saw gas prices decrease by one to three cents and while Illinois ($2.65) carries the highest pump price average in the region, most state averages range from $2.35 – $2.55.

  Monday Sunday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago
National $2.597 $2.600 $2.618 $2.656 $2.625
Wisconsin $2.378 $2.382 $2.385 $2.498 $2.518
Appleton $2.299 $2.304 $2.304 $2.403 $2.457
Eau Claire $2.517 $2.519 $2.502 $2.622 $2.556
Green Bay $2.310 $2.311 $2.335 $2.458 $2.501
Janesville-Beloit $2.303 $2.303 $2.298 $2.409 $2.519
La Crosse $2.458 $2.459 $2.465 $2.483 $2.509
Madison $2.333 $2.334 $2.327 $2.437 $2.501
Milwaukee $2.286 $2.291 $2.284 $2.435 $2.417
Wausau $2.425 $2.426 $2.439 $2.580 $2.517

Click here to view current gasoline price averages

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Most Sinful Cities

The holidays are here. And one thing they’re known for is encouraging indulgence, such as overeating and overspending, which can lead to unfortunate economic consequences. Americans are the fattest people in the world and every year sustain $150 – $210 billion in losses as a result. Plus, Americans began 2019 with over $1 trillion in credit card debt.

In light of this dark pattern perpetuated every holiday season, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the 2019’s Most Sinful Cities in America as well as accompanying videos. To determine the most wicked places in America, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on seven sinful behaviors: anger and hatred, jealousy, excesses and vices, greed, lust, vanity and laziness.

Here are some highlights from the report:

Most Sinful Cities Least Sinful Cities
1. Las Vegas, NV 173. Newport News, VA
2. Los Angeles, CA 174. Madison, WI
3. St. Louis, MO 175. Bridgeport, CT
4. Houston, TX 176. Columbia, MD
5. Atlanta, GA 177. Burlington, VT
6. Philadelphia, PA 178. Port St. Lucie, FL
7. Chicago, IL 179. Virginia Beach, VA
8. New York, NY 180. Chesapeake, VA
9. Miami, FL 181. South Burlington, VT
10. Denver, CO 182. Pearl City, HI

Most vs. Least Sinful

  • Irvine, California, has the lowest violent crime rate, 0.56, which is 35.9 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 20.08.
  • Port St. Lucie, Florida, has the fewest thefts (per 1,000 residents), 9.74, which is 7.4 times fewer than in Spokane, Washington, the city with the most at 72.11.
  • Fremont, California, has the lowest share of obese adults, 15.30 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 47.40 percent.
  • San Jose, California, has the lowest share of adult smokers, 8.20 percent, which is three times lower than in St. Louis, the city with the highest at 24.69 percent.
  • West Valley City, Utah, has the fewest beauty salons & spas (per square root of population), 0.184699, which is 36.9 times fewer than in New York, the city with the highest at 6.812589.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/most-sinful-cities-in-america/29846/

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Best Sports Cities

With the College Football Playoff selection committee to release its final Top 25 ranking on Dec. 8 and the North American sports industry worth over $69 billion and growing, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best Sports Cities as well as accompanying videos.

To determine the cities where the game is always on regardless of season, WalletHub compared 418 small to large cities across the five largest sports in the U.S.: football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer.

Best Large Sports Cities
1. Boston, MA
2. New York, NY
3. Los Angeles, CA
4. Pittsburgh, PA
5. Philadelphia, PA
6. Chicago, IL
7. Washington, DC
8. Dallas, TX
9. Oakland, CA
10. Denver, CO

 

Best Midsize Sports Cities
1. Cincinnati, OH
2. Buffalo, NY
3. Green Bay, WI
4. Salt Lake City, UT
5. Orlando, FL
6. Glendale, AZ
7. Ann Arbor, MI
8. Durham, NC
9. South Bend, IN
10. Baton Rouge, LA

 

Best Small Sports Cities
1. Clemson, SC
2. West Point, NY
3. State College, PA
4. Chapel Hill, NC
5. Tuscaloosa, AL
6. Hanover, NH
7. Morgantown, WV
8. East Lansing, MI
9. Princeton, NJ
10. Buies Creek, NC

Best vs. Worst

  • Cookeville, Tennessee, has the lowest minimum season-ticket price for a college football (FBS and FCS) game, $36.00, which is 31.9 times lower than in South Bend, Indiana, the city with the highest at $1,150.00.
  • New Orleans has the lowest average ticket price for an NBA game, $30.20, which is 3.2 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at $97.77.
  • NHL fans in Pittsburgh are 28.9 times friendlier and more engaged than their New York counterparts.
  • Dallas has the highest NFL team popularity-index, whereas Nashville has the lowest.
  • Phoenix has the lowest average MLB ticket price, $20.86, which is 2.8 times lower than in Boston, the city with the highest at $59.32.
  • Atlanta has the highest attendance rate for MLS games, 124.71 percent, which is 2.7 times higher than in Minneapolis, the city with the lowest at 47.05 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-sports-cities/15179/