Gas Prices Ease a Bit

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West Virginia and Mid-Ohio Valley drivers have some more loose change this week.

According to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, the national average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline is $1.78. The West Virginia average is $1.75, and in the Parkersburg area it's $1.71.

Continued declines in crude oil futures prices are given as the main reason for the price declines at the pump, but you can find even bigger bargains if you are traveling in some major Ohio cities. A price of $1.55 a gallon was seen in the Cleveland-Akron area this past weekend.

And there are no bargains compared to the 2003 holiday season. A year ago, prices were nearly 30 cents a gallon less than they are now.