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4/26/06-Longview

Gas Prices Impact East Texans

There seems to be no end in sight on rising prices at the pump. The price for a gallon of regular gasoline is nearing $3.00. Many East Texans tell us they are having to make difficult decisions.

One East Texan is having to spend more than half of her paycheck on fuel. "I drive almost 100 miles per day back and forth. I have just had to inform my director that when gas prices hit $3.00 per gallon, I will have to quit my job. I cannot afford to work at the job I love so much," says Janice Hill of Mineola.

She drives from Mineola to Longview five days a week. For the past 3 years, she has worked as a Life Skills teacher at the ARC of Gregg County.

"It breaks your heart when you have a good employee like Janice, that is suffering. And I feel her pain too, it's tough for all of us but Janice has a particularly long drive," says Steve Hull, Janice's boss.

"With gas prices rising like they are I can't really afford this drive that I drive everyday and work where I work and drive home. I'm paying more for gas than my car payments and that's ridiculous," says Janice Hill.

She fills her car up twice a week and says she keeps her eyes open for the lowest price. She has even changed her driving habits.

"I try to keep my speed at 60 mph to 65 mph. I've made sure all the little things in the car that are supposed to be keep up to date. It's not enough to compensate," says Janice.

Another compensation Janice is making, cutting back on her diabetes treatment. To stretch her budget, she says she has cut her insulin treatments in half.

"I try to make due the best I can, and it's getting harder and harder," says Janice.

So for now, she is hoping regular gasoline will stay under $3.00 a gallon.

Karolyn Davis, reporting. kdavis@kltv.com

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