Standard & Poor's http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Nation's lowered credit rating causes drop in gas prices in St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nations-lowered-credit-rating-causes-drop-gas-prices-st-louis <p>For St. Louisans, there is one nugget of good news amidst the&nbsp;plunging Dow and struggling economy: gas prices are falling steeply&nbsp;in the St. Louis area.</p><p>Experts say the price of a barrel of oil dropped after Standard &amp; Poor&#39;s&nbsp;lowered the nation&#39;s credit rating by one notch last week.</p><p>The price of gas fell below $3.20 per gallon at many stations in the St. Louis area on Monday. Just a little over a week ago,&nbsp;drivers shelled out more than $3.60 for a gallon of regular unleaded&nbsp;at some stores.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Aug 2011 11:18:20 +0000 The Associated Press & Johanna Mayer 1827 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nation's lowered credit rating causes drop in gas prices in St. Louis