Anne Heche Dies, Experts Raise Evacuation Alarm with EVs and More News

Actress Anne Heche has died a week after fiery car crash, Experts worried about evacuating people driving EVs during natural disasters, Gas drops below $4 gal for 1st time since March, California free lunches, and more news

Actress Anne Heche dies one week after fiery car crash

Following reports earlier in the day on Friday that actress Anne Heche had suffered a severe brain injury and was “not expected to survive” and that her organs were being checked for donation viability, she has died.

Heche was 53 and had two sons, the Guardian reported.

Anne Heche, who was formerly married to comedian Ellen DeGeneres, had 93 acting credits and was best known for her roles in films such as Six Days Seven Nights, Donnie Brasco, and Wag the Dog.

The Los Angeles Police Department told TMZ that at the time of the fiery crash last week into a woman’s home, Heche was under the influence of cocaine and possibly fentanyl, Breitbart reported.

“She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention,” a representative for the actress told People four days prior to her death. Heche was in a coma for seven days following the crash.

Experts worry: How will EV drivers evacuate during a natural disaster?

One thing that often happens during natural disasters is a loss of electrical power. With the peak of hurricane season approaching and the public being encouraged to switch to electric vehicles, what’s going to happen for people who drive electric vehicles if the power is out and they are told to evacuate? Even before the power goes out, experts are concerned about the electrical grid handling the demand, The Blaze reported.

Already, during the first quarter of 2022, electric vehicle registrations increased by 60 percent, Automotive News reported.

A report by the journal Transportation Research found that “Florida would face a serious challenge in power supply, with its six out of nine main power authorities.” The report further stated that an overload of the power supply would initiate a “cascading failure of the entire power network.”

Gas falls below $4 per gallon for the first time since March

The price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the United States is under $4 for the first time since March, ABC News reported. As of Thursday, August 11, 2022, the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the US was $3.990, according to AAA. On Friday, the national average dropped another penny to $3.978. California retained the highest-priced gas in the US at $5.378, while Texas had the lowest-priced gas at $3.483.

California will become the first state to offer free lunches to all students

The state of California, which often leads the nation in innovation, particularly in social measures, will become the first state in the union to offer free school lunches for all students, ABC7 reported. The program will be known as the “Universal Meals” program. On average, 1 out of every 5 Californians does not know where their next meal will come from, according to the report.