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Gas goes up again across state

It's another day of higher gas prices. said the average price for regular unleaded this morning (Friday) was $3.12, 1.5 cents more than Thursday.

Milwaukee's gas prices are averaging $3.24, up 2 cents from the day before.

State Rep. Tom Nelson, D-Kaukauna, wants both the state

and federal attorneys general to investigate alleged price gouging by the oil companies.

Gov. Jim Doyle pushed the issue last year but Nelson says a new anti price-gouging law will make those efforts easier. Doyle's new budget includes a tax on oil profits which makes it a crime to pass it on to consumers.

But conservatives say wholesalers will simply reduce supplies and it'll cost us another 5 cents a gallon.

Meanwhile, gas stations in poorer areas say their livelihoods are in danger because their customers cannot afford what they'd have to charge to make a living.

Abdul Hafiz, who owns a BP station in Racine, says he's charging $3.19 for fuel that's costing him $3.18. And he's losing money because credit card purchases cost him an extra 2.5 percent.

Hafiz says three Racine gas stations have closed in the last couple weeks along with several in nearby Kenosha.