South Texas Gas War Pushes Prices Below $2 a Gallon

HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) - A little gas war in this Rio Grande Valley city has pushed prices down to $1.98 a gallon.

The gas war started when an H-E-B grocery store in Harlingen lowered its prices to $1.99 a gallon, a nearby Stripes convenience store went a penny lower.  And of course, people liked what they saw with prices about half what they were at one point this summer.

Stripes store manager Jose Bazan said today began to look like a Friday after he lowered the prices.  Christina Machado was among the happy customers, saying she can't remember the last time gas cost less than $2 a gallon.  An H-E-B gas station manager wouldn't comment about the gas prices.