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Gas Prices Down for Holiday and Beyond

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RALEIGH — Chances are, no matter what your plans thisholiday weekend, they'll include some driving. The 4th of July is thebusiest road travel holiday of the year and this year, it'll cost youless to get wherever you're going.

Filling up the gas tank over the 4th will be less of a drain on yourbillfold than a year ago. AAA says prices at North Carolina pumps are downa nickel. That means the average price per gallon is $1.16 for unleadedregular.

Motorist Wesley Maynor says he likes seeing the price of gas go down.

Traveler Al Warren agrees.

Folks headed to the coast will find cheaper gas than those taking amountain holiday. Across the Carolinas, the range in prices is remarkable.The average price is $1.20 in Asheville and just $1.06 in Charleston.

Travelers will find South Carolina a better place to top off the tankthan North Carolina -- an average of seven cents better -- due in partto lower taxes.

That makes South Carolinian Connie Suitt feel good about having filledup before heading up Interstate-95.

AAA leaders say they expect gas prices to fall even lower as wehead into the heart of summer.

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