Globe/T. Rob Brown

Troy Ellis, of Joplin, leans against his car Thursday as if to steady himself for the pump-price pain he knew he would experience after filling the gas tank.

Globe/T. Rob Brown

Unleaded gasoline prices of $1.89.9 a gallon were common Thursday morning in Joplin. Prices jumped as much 15 cents a gallon overnight in the Joplin area.

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