Average gas price falls slightly to $2.40 a gallon

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CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP/WAVY) — An analyst says the average price of regular-grade gasoline fell half a cent nationally over the past two weeks to $2.40 a gallon.

However, industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that gas prices actually rose in several Western and Midwestern cities.

A sharp decline in the rest of the country kept prices down overall.  The cost in Hampton Roads is still far below the average. You can even find gas for under $2 a gallon in some areas.

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The average price is 9 cents higher than it was a year ago. The highest average gas price, $3.10 a gallon, was in the San Francisco Bay Area. The lowest, $2.02 a gallon, was in Jackson, Mississippi.

Lundberg says crude oil prices rose during the previous two weeks, but retailers have been slow to pass those increases on to consumers.

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