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    Gas prices on the rise in Massachusetts

    The average price of gas has risen 16 cents a gallon in the last month, AAA Southern New England said Monday.
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    The average price of gas has risen 16 cents a gallon in the last month, AAA Southern New England said Monday.

    The average price of gas in Massachusetts has risen 16 cents a gallon in the last month, AAA Southern New England said Monday.

    A gallon of regular unleaded currently costs about $3.52, up four cents from last week, according to a weekly survey by the auto group. Despite the increase, that price is still 17 cents cheaper than the cost of a gallon of gas at this time last year.

    Nationally, gas is slightly cheaper, averaging $3.49 per gallon of regular unleaded. South Carolina currently has the cheapest gas -- about $3.19 a gallon, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Hawaii, meanwhile, has the most expensive at about $4.15 a gallon.

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