Refinery maintenance boosts Coast gas costs

Don't blame Cruisin' The Coast for the bump in gas prices last week. According to AAA, it was maintenance at the refineries that boosted the price 4 cents in the Biloxi-Gulfport-Pascagoula area.

Despite the increase last week, prices remain $1.02 less per gallon than a year ago.

Mississippi's average gas price was third lowest in the nation Tuesday, after South Carolina and New Jersey.

For the second week in a row, retail averages are below $3 per gallon in every state, AAA said. California has the highest average in the nation at $2.91 a gallon.

Coast State National

Tuesday $1.99 $2.02 $2.31

Week ago $1.95 $1.99 $2.29

Month ago $1.96 $2.00 $2.34

Year ago $3.01 $3.22 $3.20

-- AAA Fuel Gauge