The Triple-A Texas Weekend Gas Watch says gas prices in Texas are higher than a year ago for the first time in nearly a year. The statewide average price is two-16 a gallon for regular unleaded. That price is up three-cents from a week ago, and is also three-cents higher than a year ago. The national average is two-44. The pandemic is keeping demand low as people drive fewer miles, but gas prices are rising because of higher prices for crude oil. The average price at the pump in Houston is two-13.