Gasoline prices up in Texas 51 straight days

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Prices at the gasoline pump have risen 51 days in a row as AAA Texas reports the statewide average reached $2.68.

The association on Thursday reported the nationwide retail price per gallon rose to $2.55.

Both averages rose one penny from Wednesday.

AAA Texas reports the most expensive gasoline in the state was El Paso, at $2.60 a gallon. The least costly gasoline was in Houston, at $2.50.

AAA spokesman Dan Ronan says motorists are paying more because "the price of crude oil has doubled in value since March."

Ronan says fuel-saving recommendations include obey the speed limit, keep tires properly inflated, use cruise control when possible and remove clutter from vehicles, to lighten the load.

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