Food prices to rise in 2012; Tucson gas prices up

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- You might not like what you see at the checkout line when you go to the grocery store next year.

Food prices could rise in 2012 and it's because of an unseasonably hot summer that's expected to damage this year's corn crop.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates a surplus of 672 million bushels of corn will be left over at the end of next summer.

Government officials say the surplus falls well below levels which are considered healthy.

More expensive corn drives food prices higher since corn is an ingredient in almost everything from cereal to soft drinks.

And the average gas price in Tucson is on the rise.

The price at the pump rose 2.2¢ per gallon in the past week.  Now the average is at $3.31 a gallon.

Compare that to the national average that fell .1¢ per gallon last week to $3.66.