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Drive by many gas stations around Birmingham and it’s unmistakable – the cost to fill up is much higher than just a few days ago. It’s little surprise then that more than 1,500 complaints about rising gas prices have flooded the Alabama Attorney General’s Office since Friday. With the governor’s emergency declaration prompted by Hurricane Ike, the state can now prosecute price gouging. But as Attorney General spokesman Chris Bence told WBHM’s Andrew Yeager, even after weeding out cases which don’t constitute price gouging, it’s a long investigative process..