State gas prices rise three cents

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BOSTON — State gas prices have increased three cents this week heading into Independence Day weekend, according to AAA Northeast. AAA's survey of state gas prices Monday found self-serve, regular averaging $2.06 per gallon, 11 cents below the national average and 58 cents lower in Massachusetts than at this time last year.

"While overall travel projections are down, those who head out for July 4th and beyond are expected to drive to their destinations," said AAA Northeast spokesman Mark Schieldrop. "This increased demand is leading to higher gas prices, though motorists will still pay much less than they did a year ago."

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular in Massachusetts is 60 cents, from a low of $1.79 to a high of $2.39.

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