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Summer forecast: don't expect gas prices to fall

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WASHINGTON - Drivers are dreading the idea of paying even more for gas this summer than they did last summer.

A restaurant manager, pumping mid-level gas at more than three dollars a gallon in Washington, marvels that it costs 41 dollars to fill up his tank. A professional driver calls it a "bigger hit" to pump supreme at three-dollars and 29 cents a gallon. He says he's even thinking of scaling back on personal driving.

The Energy Department says it expects the summertime price of regular gas to beat last year's price by 25 cents a-gallon, although that's just a forecast. And officials say they're assuming no pressures from hurricanes, a refinery outage, or a big jump in the cost of crude oil.

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