AAA: Gas prices rising in Virginia

      RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gas prices have been steadily rising in Virginia this month and are now higher than last year at this time.

      In Virginia, AAA Mid-Atlantic says the price of a gallon of regular gasoline now averages $3.55 statewide.

      That's 11 cents more than last week and 4 cents higher than a year ago. Gas prices range from about $3.42 in the Charlottesville area to $3.56 in the Richmond and Norfolk areas.

      Prices averaged $3.46 in the Roanoke metro area.

      The auto club says that compares with an average price at the pump nationwide of $3.69 per gallon.

      Officials with AAA say there seems to be no short-term end to gas prices continuing their climb next week.