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Local gas hike follows national trend
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An increase of more than 20 cents per gallon for unleaded gasoline in less than a month hasn’t been the common experience in recent months, but it is what’s happened already in Great Bend in February and nationally there is already the suggestion that drivers will see $5 per gallon by Memorial Day — not $4, but $5.
According to national information, crude oil hiked this week.
“Oil prices have climbed to the highest level since May on concerns that Iran will cut off more oil to Europe.
Here’s how energy contracts traded on Tuesday.
On the New York Mercantile Exchange: Benchmark crude rose by $2.65 to finish at $106.25 per barrel. Gasoline rose by 5.46 cents to end at $3.0702 per gallon. Natural gas lost 5.8 cents to end at $2.6260 per 1,000 cubic feet,” according to the Associated Press.
Great Bend’s $3.40 per gallon for gas kept towards the top of state prices.
Elsewhere in the state Tuesday, prices included $3.24, Parsons; $3.25, Junction City; $3.27, Salina; $3.28, Manhattan; $3.29, Manhattan, Topeka and Parsons; $3.32, Salina and Hays; $3.33, Liberal and Hays; $3.35, Salina; $3.39, Dodge City and Emporia; $3.42, Hays; $3.43, Lawrence; $3.45, Lawrence and Emporia; $3.47, Lawrence; $3.49, Dodge City; $3.50, Garden City; $3.51, Eudora and Wakeeney; $3.52, Lawrence and Dighton; $3.53, Oakley; $3.54, Oberlin and McPherson; $3.55, Chanute, Iola and Carbondale; $3.56, South Hutchinson; and $3.59, Ellsworth. 
The average price in Kansas Tuesday was $3.42, compared to $3.34 a week ago; $3.16 a month ago and $3.08 a year ago.
Nationally, the average price on Tuesday was $3.53, compared to $3.17 a year earlier.
The Kansas prices are available at www.kansasgasprices.com.
Some communities are listed more than once in the prices, because there are a variety of gas prices available.