AAA says there is no gas shortage in Ala.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - AAA-Alabama officials say there is not a shortage of gasoline in the state.

But AAA spokesman Clay Ingram says motorists should remain patient as stations wait to receive new supplies after panic buys last week left many stations with dry tanks.

Ingram said a rush to the gas pump by many Alabama residents as Hurricane Ike approached the petroleum rich Texas coast Friday caused many stations to run out of gas and caused gas prices to go up 50 cents a gallon or more.

Gov. Bob Riley said Tuesday he expects the price of gas and the supply to settle down over the next few days.

Riley ordered a state of emergency Friday.

That triggered a state law that prevents businesses from price gouging during an emergency.

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