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Virginia gas prices increase by 8 cents in past week, average $2.35 per gallon


RICHMOND, Virginia — AAA Mid-Atlantic says gasoline prices in Virginia have increased by 8 cents per gallon in the past week.

The auto club says the average price for a gallon of gasoline in the state on Tuesday was $2.35.

The average price in Richmond jumped by 14 cents, from $2.26 per gallon a week ago to $2.40.

Average gasoline prices also increased in Charlottesville, Norfolk and Roanoke.

Nationally, gas prices averaged $2.55, a 9-cent increase from a week ago.

Despite the increases, Virginians are paying less for gasoline than they did a year ago, when the average statewide price was $3.52 per gallon.

AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Tammy Arnette attributes the increases to rising prices for global crude and a seasonal switch to a more expensive summer blend of gasoline.

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