Arkansas Gas Prices Up 59 Cents from Last Summer

JUNE 28, 2006 - Posted at 3:36 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Heading into the Fourth of July weekend, gasoline prices in Arkansas are nearly 60 cents higher this year than they were last year.  That's according to the AAA, which says the average cost of a gallon of gas in Arkansas this week was $2.70, compared to $2.11 in the same period last year.  Nationally, the average cost has climbed from $2.21 to $2.86.

The former American Automobile Association estimates that 40.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from their homes for the holiday weekend, a 1.2 percent increase over next year's holiday.

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