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      Gas prices drop - ever so slightly

      COLUMBIA (WACH)â??None too soon, there is relief at the pumps as the price of a gallon of gas in the Midlands as dropped just over 7 cents, according to, to $3.47 a gallon. Even with the drop, gas is still over 32 cents higher than they were one year ago. Nationally, gas is down slightly, but with prices still higher than $4.00 in states like Hawaii and New York, the average is $3.79.

      "In the last few years, we've typically seen a seasonal downward trend at the gas pump as the cooler temperatures invade," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "We just haven't seen any sort of real decline at the pump yet this autumn. This year has seen one of the warmest ever- temperatures and gasoline prices alike. High temperatures have been blamed on global warming, perhaps we're seeing a long term "pump warming" equivalent at retail pumps. Either way, the small drop in gasoline prices isn't to the satisfaction of many, and I don't see enough relief to satisfy the majority of American motorists any time soon," DeHaan said.

      You can always find the cheapest gas in the Midlands by clicking on the Pain at the Pump link.