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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Klobuchar, Franken question gas prices

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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., has asked the U.S. Department of Energy to investigate the steep increase in Minnesota gas prices over the past few weeks.

Gasoline industry officials say regional gas prices have jumped 80 cents over the past month and 30 cents in the past week because of both unexpected and planned shutdowns at gasoline refineries. Klobuchar said temporary closures shouldn't be allowed to raise the price consumers have to pay.

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