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Gasoline Prices Still Going Up & Nightly Roundup

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By BJ Austin, KERA News

Dallas, TX – Gasoline prices continue to move higher, according to the latest weekly survey. Dan Ronan, with Triple-A Texas, says there are a couple of reasons for that.

Ronan: This is the fourth week in a row we've seen gas prices go up. And this is a case of the change-over to summer gasoline being less polluting, and then oil five weeks ago was 12 dollars a barrel less expensive that it is now.

In Texas, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is up four cents, to $2.68. That's a penny more than the "national" increase.

Gasoline in Dallas is an average two-sixty-eight a gallon - a penny less in Fort Worth.

Dallas Departure Point For DC Immigration Rally

About 300 people from across Texas meet in Dallas tonight to board buses for the immigration reform "March for America" in Washington on Sunday.

Reverend Owen Ross, with Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, says immigration reform has taken a back seat to the healthcare debate. And, he says the march's timing is perfect, with a House vote on healthcare expected this weekend.

Ross: If the healthcare gets passed this weekend, even better that we are there to say now, let's tackle immigration. If it does not, it's still good that we are there to say hey, there's more than one issue affecting millions and millions of people.

Organizers of the "March for America" expect about 100 thousand participants on the National Mall. They're calling for a reform package that addresses border security, labor market needs, and humane treatment for the millions of illegal immigrants living in the U.S.

Dallas Man Gets Prison Term For Mortgage Fraud

A former Dallas businessman has been sentenced to six years in prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme. 42 year old Micaiah Pruitt has also been ordered to re-pay more than a million dollars.

Proseuctors say Pruitt orchestrated a mortgage fraud scheme with three others, who posed as honest buyers, but lied to get their mortgage loans.

Pruitt, according to authorities, profited from each home sale, and paid a kickback to the three purchasers. Each of them defaulted on their respective loans. The three are now serving prison terms of six months to two years.

Earlier this week, prosecutors announced the arrest of 40 people - 23 from North Texas - in a similar mortgage scam.