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Gas prices down 3 cents in RI after recent spike

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Gas prices in Rhode Island have finally fallen after a recent spike, but they're still way above the national average.

AAA Southern New England reports in its latest survey Monday that the average cost of a gallon of self-serve regular is $3.77, three cents less than last week.

Still, prices locally are up 18 cents in the last month. The current average in Rhode Island is 16 cents more than the per-gallon national average of $3.61.

Rhode Islanders were paying an average of $3.68 per gallon a year ago at this time.