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Gas prices have some people staying close to home this holiday weekend

It won't be a traditional holiday weekend for a lot of people.  Gas prices have some people re-thinking their travel plans.

Mike Jackson is one driver who says, "At this point, we're staying close to home and enjoying a little family time."  For many people, Labor Day weekend is the last time to travel before the end of summer, whether it's by plane or car.

Some who are visiting here from Missouri say they were shocked to see how high gas prices are in Kentuckiana.

With a slow economy and with gas prices like $3.85 at Baxter and Broadway and $3.72 at Bardstown Road and Grinstead, some people say they simply can't afford to go anywhere this holiday weekend.

Roger Boyd with AAA says it is forecasting a drop of only 1.1% in automobile travel.  But it's still a drop in people driving, and AAA says it would like to see that number go up.

At some stations, gas prices have already increased.  AAA says it's attributed to the Labor Day weekend and Tropical Storm Gustav, which could be headed to the Gulf Coast.

The storm has also prompted evacuations of tourists and offshore oil workers.  So if you haven't filled up your gas, you'd better do it soon.

Others, like Mike Jackson, are just happy to stay close to home this weekend, going to the pool as the good weather holds.

AAA says the number of people flying this weekend is also down slightly.  And there's one less airline to use.  Frontier Airlines just stopped flying in and out of Louisville this week.

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