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      Gas prices at highest level since last August

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) - Average retail gas prices in South Carolina rose another 3.2 cents in the last week to an average of $3.45 per gallon.{}Nationally, prices increased 2.3 cents per gallon to $3.62.{}"The national average now stands at its highest level since last August," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.Including last week's increase, prices in the state now stand 21.4 cents per gallon higher than one year ago and 22.4 cents per gallon than one month ago.{}Nationally, gas prices are up 11.9 cents in the last month and 12.1 cents higher than one year ago."The advance in prices has continued, with the worst jumps in areas of California, and southern states, where prices have increased anywhere from 15 to 30 cents per gallon in some cases. The increases will likely continue to persist, at worst for another month or so, but at best, we could see some relief arrive as soon as May rolls in," DeHaan said.
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