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Nine Missouri gas stations settle price gouging allegations

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By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – State Attorney General Jay Nixon has taken legal action against ten southern Missouri gas stations he says overcharged customers after Hurricane Katrina.

Nine of those have settled with the state. Together they'll pay $6,750.

Nixon said the investigation focused on stations' profit margins.

"We have dealt with what gasoline stations in Missouri paid for gas, and what they sold that gas for," Nixon said. "This investigation at this particular point deals directly with that."

But Ronald Leone with the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association says the station owners did nothing wrong.

"I think it's important for consumers to remember that 93 to 98 percent of the price that they pay at the pump is determined before it shows up at your local gas station and convenience store." Leone said.

Leone said the stations made a business decision to settle with the state rather than spend money defending a lawsuit.

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