(7/2/14) For Fourth-of-July travelers, the good news is that gas prices have stopped rising.
The bad news is that they have not fallen -- not much, anyway. The Wisconsin Triple-"A" said the average price for regular unleaded is 3.70-a-gallon throughout the state today. That's a tad lower than yesterday, and two-cents lower than a week ago. The statewide average is also just a penny higher than this time a month ago, but it's 24-cents more expensive than the last July Fourth holiday. Energy analyst Ethan Bellamy of Milwaukee's Robert W. Baird and Company blames the continued strife in Iraq for the latest pain at the pump. He said the deeper the strife, the more possible disruptions for the three-million barrels of oil a day that Iraq provides. And oil experts say no one knows when that will end.