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Gas prices hit high

The American Automobile Association said the average price of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline in Florida rose Wednesday to $1.704 a gallon, the highest level ever recorded by the auto club.

That's up from $1.599 in February and $1.202 a year ago. The average price of regular unleaded in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area rose to $1.656, also an all-time high and up from $1.613 a month ago and $1.143 a year ago.

"The continuing rise in gasoline prices this year is being caused by recent cold weather, low inventories of gasoline, high crude oil prices and continued oil industry concern about a possible war with Iraq," said Kevin Bakewell, senior vice president of public and government relations for AAA Auto Club South.

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