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Complaints Stream in over Price Gouging

By: Patrick Claybon
By: Patrick Claybon
The Attorney General has released numbers on complaints over Price Gouging.

Unleaded regular gas at $5.29 a gallon in the Dothan, Ala., area

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Attorney General's Office
has received more than 1,500 complaints since Friday concerning
rising gasoline prices.

A spokesman, Chris Bence, says the office's consumer affairs
line has received the calls from people who believe stations have
unfairly raised the price. The prices started going up as much as
30 to 40 cents a gallon Friday at some stations as Hurricane Ike
approached the petroleum rich Texas coast.

Gov. Bob Riley issued a state of emergency Friday evening. That
triggered a state law that prohibits businesses from raising prices
more than 25 percent when an emergency has been declared.

Bence says each complaint received will be investigated..


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