US Midwest mulls gov't help with gasoline crunch


By Haitham Haddadin NEW YORK, May 18 (Reuters) - Fuel marketers in the Midwest are considering asking for government help to ease a gasoline supply crunch that has pushed pump prices in the region well above the already record-high national average. Retail gasoline prices in Chicago are running about $3.54 a gallon compared with the nationwide average of $3.13, according to a AAA motor club survey, as a spate of refinery outages concentrated in the heartland saps stockpiles. "We need ...

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