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Gas prices surge throughout the region

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(KMOV) – Officials say refineries switching to more expensive summer blends of gasoline and recent tensions in the Middle East are causing the cost of gasoline to rise.

In January, gasoline in St. Louis was running around $3.29 a gallon, in February $3.49, and now the price looms near or at $4 per gallon.  Prices in the Metro East are not any better.  In some areas, gas has already hit the $4 or higher mark.

Some experts say bottlenecks at refineries in Illinois and Indiana are also a factor in the annual rise of gas prices during the spring months.  Also, Illinois imposes more taxes on gas.

As if the news of $4 gas is not bad enough experts say the rise in prices is not over. They say prices are expected to rise well over $4 a gallon in May and close to $5.00 a gallon during the summer months.

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