5 things you need to know for Friday

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Here are the five things you need to know as you start your Friday, April 6:

#1: Gas Prices climb even higher

Just in time for the holiday weekend, gas prices across South Florida have crept even higher. The average prices for a gallon of gas in Palm Beach County is now $4.05, while prices across the Treasure Coast and rest of Florida are averaging about $3.96.

NewsChannel 5's Christina Mora will be getting morning commuter reaction for WPTV starting at 4:30 a.m.

#2: Florida business owners upbeat on hiring

The national monthly jobs report will be out at 8:30 a.m. with financial market analysts predicting that about 200,000 - 205,000 jobs will have been added in March, compared to 227,000 added jobs in February.

At the same time a new survey by PNC Financial Services claims that about one out of every five small and midsize businesses in Florida plan to hire workers during the next six months.

NewsChannel 5's Mike Trim will take a closer look at that starting on WPTV at 4:30 a.m.

#3: Public schools closed today

No classes for teachers and students in the following counties: Palm Beach, Martin, Okeechobee, St. Lucie & Indian River.

#4: Coast Guard fires on "ghost ship"

New video was released overnight showing the U.S. Coast Guard using cannon fire on an empty cargo ship that drifted from Japan during last year's powerful earthquake and tsunami. The "ghost ship," as it's been called, then sank into the ocean off Alaska.

You'll see that new video on NewsChannel 5 between 4:30 - 7:00 a.m.

#5: Matt Lauer signs a new multi-year contract

The guessing game officially ends this morning. Tune in starting at 7:00 a.m. on NewsChannel 5 as Matt Lauer announces he will be staying with the Today Show for several more years.

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