Gas Prices Continue To Rise

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Drivers are complaining about an spike in gas prices that has some drivers paying more than $4 for a gallon of gas.

Prices jumped on Wednesday throughout the St. Louis area.

On the Missouri stations several stations were advertising regular unleaded near $3.90 a gallon.

'It`s taking me $150 dollars to feel my Suburban,' said Illinois resident Antonio Beck.

David Arnold owns his own repair and maintenance business and says he needs big trucks to haul his equipment.

'We`d like to use smaller trucks but they just don`t do the job,' said Arnold.  He estimated his monthly gasoline cost for each truck at $3,000.

'It kills your business.'

John McDowell owns Angelo`s Pizza in Taylorville, IL.  He said his suppliers are already talking about raising prices.

'Instead of a tax break we need lower gas prices,' said McDowell.

AAA of Missouri attributed the high cost to a couple of factors.  This is the season to switch from winter fuel to summer fuel and summer fuel is more expensive to refine.

Crude oil prices started the year out higher than last year so the expectation is this summer drivers will be paying more than they did last year when prices spiked around the $4.00 a gallon mark.