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Gas prices rise slightly in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Gas prices have risen in New Hampshire, but they're still below the national average.

The website Gasbuddy.com says the average retail price for a gallon of gas rose 1.9 cents in the last week, averaging $3.45 in New Hampshire on Sunday.

Prices were 23.9 cents per gallon lower than the same day a year ago and are 2.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average increased 8.9 cents per gallon in the last week, to $3.67. The price has increased 16.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

Prices have been climbing steadily in the Midwest, said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.

"I don't believe I've ever seen gasoline prices in the Midwest surpass California — areas of Nebraska, Minnesota, Oklahoma, North and South Dakota, and Kansas- have done that," he said. "Gas price records in these areas aren't being quietly replaced, they're being blown out of the water. I don't believe I've ever seen such crazy trends in gasoline prices occur all at one- prices spiking in one area, falling in another, and holding steady in others. What we're seeing today is certainly rare."