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Columbus gas prices hit record $3.30 per gallon

The price of gasoline rose to another all-time high today in Columbus and nationally.

The average price of regular unleaded climbed more than a penny from the day before to $3.305 per gallon, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

That's up from nearly $3.22 per gallon a month ago and is 57 cents higher than on April 16 a year ago, when the pump price for regular unleaded was $2.73 per gallon.

The spike comes with crude oil futures topping $115 per barrel today, easily a record and far off the $64 per barrel traders were seeing last spring. It also comes with the peak summer driving season — when many Americans take vacations — about six weeks away.

The highest average recorded in Georgia today is $3.38 per gallon in Atlanta, an all-time high for that metropolis and less than a penny higher than in Athens.

The state's lowest average, as usual, can be found in Augusta, which is nearly $3.26 per gallon.

Diesel fuel prices, which hit a record Monday in Columbus, are more than a dollar per gallon higher than a year ago. They registered $4.06 per gallon today.

On the national front, the average for regular unleaded gas today is a record $3.40 per gallon, AAA reported. Diesel is nearly $4.13 per gallon, also a high.

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