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AAA Wisconsin: Fewer traveling for Thanksgiving

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- The weather is expected to be good and gasoline prices are down dramatically so traveling to grandma's house for Thanksgiving should be easier.

  But AAA Wisconsin predicts fewer people intend to do it this year.

  The auto club predicts 6.2 million people will travel at least 50 miles by auto in the Great Lakes region, which includes Wisconsin, for Thursday's holiday, or about 1 percent fewer than a year ago.

  AAA says it's the first decline for the turkey day feast since 2002.

  AAA Wisconsin Regional President Tom Frymark says because of the country's economic hardships, people are cutting back and that includes travel.

  Gasoline prices averaged $1.85 a gallon in Wisconsin Thursday, compared with $3.12 a year ago.

  In July, the average price was a record $4.11.

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