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Arkansas, Missouri clobber stations that boosted prices

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The state filed a price-gouging lawsuit against gas stations that charged drastically higher prices for fuel just hours after the terrorist attacks.

More than 1,200 consumers complained, Attorney General Mark Pryor said Wednesday.

"On a hectic and chaotic day, we had our own tragedy in Arkansas," he said. "Stations in Arkansas decided to charge an exorbitant amount for fuel Sept. 11."

The lawsuit was filed against five gas stations that Pryor said unlawfully increased gas prices to more than $2.50 a gallon for regular unleaded.

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon sent letters to service stations that are accused of raising prices above $2.49 a gallon on Sept. 11. The 28 stations must pay at least $1,000 in fines and costs or face lawsuits, the letters said.