Gas Prices Soar

Retail gas prices here in Eastern Carolina and across the country climbed an average of 11 cents in the past two weeks. The average price for all three grades increased to $2.38 a gallon by Friday, according to Trilby Lundberg, who publishes the semi-monthly Lundberg Survey of 7,000 gas stations around the country. According to Lundberg, prices usually rise between March and May as refiners temporarily shutdown their plants to prepare for the peak summer driving season, when special cleaner-burning blends of fuel are required.