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With Gas Prices Down, Kansas Travelers Hit The Road For Labor Day

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A driver fills up Thursday at a convenience store in Wichita.

AAA projects an increase in travelers hitting the road over the holiday, and they'll be fueling up for less. Kansas enters this Labor Day weekend with the lowest average gas price since 2004.

AAA’s Jim Hanni says 90 percent of travelers in the West North Central region plan to travel by automobile. That makes the area--which includes Kansas--the second highest for auto travel in America just behind the southern region.

Hanni says the average price for regular unleaded gasoline in Kansas is $2.35.

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"We’re actually 92 cents lower than we were paying a year ago at this time in Wichita, so (we) really had some dramatic changes compared year over year," he says.

AAA survey results show the top three auto travel destinations for Kansans taking Labor Day vacations are South Dakota's Mt. Rushmore, Colorado and Kansas City.

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Carla Eckels is Assistant News Director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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