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Gas prices in Kansas are still rising

April 17, 2019 - 2:40 am

Gas prices are trending upward in the U.S. Shawn Steward with AAA Kansas says gas prices increased 11 cents a gallon in the state over the past week.

“Even though we’re still in April, we’re actually seeing summer-like demand for gas,” said Steward. “Gas stock is tightening up. The supply is tightening up a little bit.  We’re at $2.63 a gallon on average in Kansas this week.”

Steward says this isn’t really a surprise. Several factors cause gas prices to rise along with the temperature most years.

“This spring seems to be a little bit more advanced in terms of the pricing and maybe a little earlier increases than what we’re used to seeing,” said Steward.

In addition to the increase in driving, some unplanned refinery maintenance has combined with the planned changeover from winter blend to the more expensive summer blend gasoline to send prices up faster than we’ve seen in previous years. Some locations in California are already above $4 a gallon. AAA lists Kansas as the 15th cheapest state for gas in the country.

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