In local news:

Union workers are still on strike at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants as they sought a new national contract with oil companies covering laborers at 63 plants. The strike began on Sunday after several deals presented by United Steel Workers were rejected. Plants in Texas, Louisiana and Kentucky, as well as in California, have been either shut down or put strike contingency plans in place. The strike comes on the heels of better crude prices as of yesterday, rallying at over $53 per barrel.

Read the full details via Reuters here.

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