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Midwest refinery woes pump gas price pain

Outages, maintenance at facilities counteract a plentiful supply

9:35 AM, May 18, 2013
Unleaded gas was selling at $4.15 a gallon May5 in Baxter, Minn., reflecting the rising cost of gas across the state and Midwest.
Unleaded gas was selling at $4.15 a gallon May5 in Baxter, Minn., reflecting the rising cost of gas across the state and Midwest.
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Troubles at several oil refineries are driving gasoline prices sharply higher in the Midwest, and the regional shortages are expected to boost pump prices nationwide.

While the U.S. may be drenched in newfound crude oil deposits, and early May supplies were at their highest levels since the early 1930s, issues at a handful of refineries that turn crude into gasoline and diesel fuel underscore how kinks in the supply chain can cause quick surges in what consumers pay at the pump.

Gas prices in Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin have ...

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