Does it surprise anyone that there is no actual reporting done at the local level anymore? This is nothing more than reading an article about the same topic in the local paper provided by the AP. In fact, this gas story was probably written by the AP.
This isn't some grand conspiracy, guys, it's outsourcing. It's a hell of a lot cheaper to outsource your "general interest" stories than it is to keep writers on staff at the local level. Conservatives should be in here praising the business acumen of these local stations for doing things as cheaply as possible at whatever cost.