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BLACK-GOLD BLUES

Gasoline prices start 2012 with 6-cent rise

Expect $4 a gallon next summer as refineries along East Coast close

Gasoline prices aren’t starting off on the right foot in 2012.

The average price of gasoline in Houston rose to $3.12, up 6 cents from the week before, according to AAA gas gauge. Texas saw prices also rise 6 cents to settle at $3.15, and the national average is also up 6 cents to $3.31.

According to the travel agency, Texarkana has the most expensive gas prices in the state at $3.18, and El Paso has the lowest at $3.01.

With those price hikes, Texans are paying 23 cents more than a year ago.

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