Gas prices hold steady for holiday travel

Just in time for the holiday weekend, gasoline prices in Houston and most of  the rest of the state were holding steady Friday.

They were up slightly from last week, but well below the prices motorists are paying in the Midwest and even in the Texas Panhandle.

Nationally, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that the average retail price of regular gasoline increased seven cents this week, the second consecutive week that the price of gas increased, to $3.67 per gallon.

Prices were highest in the Midwest, where the price increased 19 cents, to $3.87 per gallon.

Prices rose 11 cents in the Rocky Mountain region, to $3.67 per gallon.

On the West Coast, prices rose a penny, to $3.95, while prices also increased one cent along the East Coast, to $3.49.

And along the Gulf Coast, prices rose three cents, to $3.39 a gallon.