Gas prices dip near $2 in Missouri

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | 4:37 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — Gasoline prices, on a wild ride over the past year-and-a-half, are back down again, inching toward $2 a gallon in Missouri, the state with the cheapest pump prices in the nation.

The AAA Auto Club's daily online Fuel Gauge Report on Tuesday showed the average price nationally for a gallon of regular unleaded at $2.49.

The Missouri average was just $2.19 per gallon, and some parts of the state are well below that. Stations in Neosho are selling at $2.06 per gallon for regular unleaded, while $2.07 is a common price in the St. Louis area. One station in Peculiar is selling gas for $2.04.

Experts say lower demand and declining crude oil prices are keeping prices down at the pumps. And they expect the downward trend to continue.

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