Ohio Gas Prices Among the Lowest

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ohio can no longer boast it has the nation's lowest gas prices, but second place isn't too shabby.

Heading into the weekend, AAA says the statewide average for regular is now $2.68 per gallon, slightly above the roughly $2.66 that they're paying in South Carolina.

The auto club says the national average has dropped to below $2.86 cents a gallon -- down nine cents from a month ago, and 14 cents below where gas stood last year at this time.

Gasoline prices had risen to record levels in the spring on concerns the refining industry was not producing enough gas to meet summer demand.  Unexpected refinery outages were blamed for the price run-up.