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Gas prices spiking in Ohio as summer road trip season begins

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio motorists have probably noticed already that that the cheap gas prices from earlier this year are now but a distant and pleasant memory.

The auto club AAA says pump prices are on the rise in Ohio, thanks to a confluence of factors that include refinery issues, pipeline delivery disruptions and higher crude oil prices.

As a result, average gas prices could end up hovering around that $2.77 average that Ohioans saw in June 2015. The average price for a gallon of regular gas in the state was about $2.68 on Monday.

That wouldn’t be so bad except that motorists were spoiled by almost shockingly low pump prices earlier this year, with the average dipping well below the $2 mark for a few weeks in February and March.

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