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Arkansas gas prices up 17 cents over past week

By Staff and wire reports

This article was originally published February 4, 2013 at 7:48 a.m. Updated February 4, 2013 at 9:59 a.m.


Regular unleaded gas was selling for just under $3.30 a gallon Monday morning, Feb. 4, 2013, at the Shell station on Broadway Street in downtown Little Rock,

The AAA says gas prices in Arkansas have gone up 17 cents in the past week.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Arkansas is $3.34 as of Monday. A week ago, the price was $3.17 per gallon. A month ago, the price was $3.06, according to AAA.

The Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers area reported the highest average price among the state’s metropolitan areas, at $3.37 per gallon. The national average is $3.52 per gallon.

Meanwhile, in the Fort Smith and Texarkana areas, the price was $3.36; in Pine Bluff, it was $3.35; and in the Little Rock-North Little Rock area, it was $3.34.

At the Shell station on Broadway Street in downtown Little Rock, regular unleaded gas was selling for just under $3.30 a gallon Monday morning.

A steady stream of drivers were stopping in to fill up despite the rising prices. One woman said she didn't even notice prices had gone up, but other customers said they did.

Malcolm Dale, 54, said he cuts back his driving to save money anyway, but especially when prices jump like they have recently. The North Little Rock resident said he's not surprised by the increases.

"No," he said with a laugh as he filled up Monday. "Because if you look around, everything is going up."

John Allbritton, an insurance and bonds salesman, said the rising prices are a pain because he travels three to four days a week for work and can't cut back.

"It's a huge expense," he said. "What I do in sales causes me to travel a lot, so it just becomes a bigger expense."

Officials say retail prices in the central United States have risen the most dramatically as a result of an increase in the costs of products used by refiners that supply the region. The most expensive gas in the country was Hawaii's at $4.14; the least expensive Wyoming's at $2.94.

Arkansas’ record high for gasoline is $3.97 per gallon, set in July 2008.

Information for this article was contributed by Gavin Lesnick of ArkansasOnline and by The Associated Press.


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Jackabbott says... February 4, 2013 at 8:17 a.m.

Oh, stick it to the public. The legislature is trying to expand guns into churches and authorize searches of women, while prices skyrocket. Kock Brothers, billionaires, get government handouts while the rest of pay taxes, fees and higher insurance costs for this BS.
In the meantime, the president has time for the Superbowl, preaching to the Boy Scouts and partying in DC while the rest of us have to face the rigors and rising costs of living. Hilary Clinton has now gathered enough material and "stories" from her travels as Secretary of State to write another book and cash in again.
What a wonderful country we have made our country into these days.

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NONSHEEPLE says... February 4, 2013 at 9:08 a.m.

There was no such "increase" in materials cost to make fuels go up.. What a LOAD...

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tenpoint says... February 4, 2013 at 11:40 a.m.

There is no reason for the gas to be that high congress needs to put the reglations back on the utilies and that would stop it. GREED

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Namvet says... February 4, 2013 at 12:04 p.m.

Let it go to $10 a gallon, I quit buying the stuff. My home on the 2 lane highway is starting to get peaceful again and I love it. City people need to stay in the city and quit disturbing me and my animals! Also there's not nearly the volume of litter flying out of mindless city people, they think I like picking up their garbage! And no more dumping of un-wanted dogs 100 years old and dying of mange. I can suffice without the stinking stuff!

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T6 says... February 5, 2013 at 9:43 a.m.

Absolutely Jackabbott.. Read the GAO report on the Highway trust fund? The government has to collect more taxes to spend, spend, spend, since much of the money from gas taxes aren't going to repair our highways but going to other programs. Approximately 5.2 percent of funds obligated to the Federal Highway Administration during fiscal years 2009-2011 actually went to the construction of new highways. In August 2012, the Congressional Budget Office warned that unless Congress intercedes, the HTF will run out of money FY 2015. While WE are paying high prices for gas maybe we should remember that FHWA spent $1.951 billion on “facilities for pedestrians and bicycles” as well as an additional $9 million on “preservation of abandoned railway corridors.” "Transportation Enhancements” also included $98 million for “safety and education for pedestrians and bicyclists.” See we need high gas prices!!
cnsnews. com/news/article/only-52-highway-funds-used-build-new-roads

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