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Lower gas prices bring relief in Mississippi
Lower gas prices bring relief in Mississippi

Magnolia Wilson used to spend at least $150 a month filling up her 2002 Mercury Sable — about 12% of her monthly take-home pay of $1,240. But the drop in oil prices over the last few months has put real money in her pocket. In many places in Mississippi, the cost of gas is less than $2 a gallon, compared with over $3 just six months ago. "I don't buy too much for myself," said Wilson, who has a 50-mile daily commute to her job at a thrift store in Tutwiler, a dilapidated town in the Mississippi delta whose one acclaim is as the birthplace of the blues. Now, she says, she can afford to buy clothes or a pair of shoes. "It's a big help. Believe it or not,...

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