Sharon Jackson

All Things Considered Host/Reporter

Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio.  She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009.  Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004.  In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND.  She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.

Sharon has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with an outside concentration in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, went to Las Vegas, Nevada for college then moved back to Chicago when she got the opportunity to be a news anchor on am 890 WLS.

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Lakeshore Public Media

LAKE AND PORTER COUNTY - Lake County's air quality grade for Ozone is at the bottom of the scale.  Angela Tin, Vice President of Environmental Health for the American Lung Association, says for the past 19 years the American Lung Association has put out a "State of the Air" report, which collects data from monitors operated by State Environmental Protection agencies in all states.  The American Lung Association evaluates the data to determine the air quality county by county.

Indiana Parenting Institute / Indiana Parenting Institute

GARY - April is Parenting Awareness Month Indiana and local organization, the Indiana Parenting Institute uses the occasion to help educate and support people in the critical task of parenting.  

Jena Bellezza, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Branding for the local chapter in Gary says Parenting Awareness Month is about drawing people's attention to parenting and the challenges that it presents.

American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation / American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation

NORTHWEST INDIANA - If you've ever been curious about what's outside your window on a South Shore train ride between Millenium Station in Chicago and South Bend, there is an organization with members that volunteer on the weekends in the summer to help educate and inform.  Robert Tabern, Executive Director of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation says there are a lot of places and things of interest between Northwest Indiana and Chicago.

GasBuddy / GasBuddy.com

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Gasoline prices are starting to shoot up in Northwest Indiana.  That's according to GasBuddy head of Petroleum Analysis P atrick DeHaan who spoke to Lakeshore Public Radio on Wednesday.  

"Gas prices across most of Northwest Indiana are going up to $2.89 a gallon whereas outside Northwest Indiana, the rest of the state is looking at an increase to $2.79," DeHaan says. "Of course this time of year Northwest Indiana makes the switch to reformulated gasoline whereas the rest of the state doesn't have to so."

Two Students at South Ridge Elementary testing their creativity with littleBits.Credit Highland Education Foundation / South Ridge ElementaryEdit | Remove

HIGHLAND - A Highland art teacher is one of the latest recipients of a grant from the Highland Education Foundation.  She was awarded for her idea that is changing the way STEM education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, is viewed.  

GasBuddy / GasBuddy.com

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have risen just under 9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.66/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in the Region. This compares with the national average that has increased just over 4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.65/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, says this week is basically a continuation of the trend consumers have been seeing for the past couple of weeks.

Indiana Parenting Institute

NORTHWEST INDIANA - April is Parenting Awareness Month Indiana and the Indiana Parenting Institute is marking the occasion with it's annual annual Kickoff Breakfast.  It's from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30th at the IBEW 697 headquarters in Merrillville.  

Jena Bellezza, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Branding, says the guest speaker is Dr. Lori Desautels [DE saut-els], of Butler University, who will be speaking on Educational Neuroscience and its application when working with youth who have had, or are currently experiencing, adversity and trauma.

Adra Young

GARY - Seeing the impact bullying has on so many kids, Gary Author Adra Young, wrote a book of realistic fiction called "The Misfits."  Realistic fiction is a genre consisting of stories that could have actually occurred to people in a believable setting. The stories resemble real life, and fictional characters within these stories react similarly to real people.

Young says her latest book was released in March of 2017 and she has sold about one thousand copies of "The Misfits."  

NORTHWEST INDIANA- Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have risen almost 4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.57 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana.  This compares with the national average that has increased just under five cents per gallon in the last week to $2.60 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy said Monday that Northwest Indiana residents who are filling up their tank to make sure they shop around.

GasBuddy / GasBuddy.com

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have risen just over five cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.51/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana. This compares with the national average that has increased almost 3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.54/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy says the price up-tick is pretty typical for this time of year.

One of the firms that worked on the pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Florida, killing six people, also is building a bridge in East Chicago.

CBS-2 is reporting that Florida-based FIGG Bridge Group designed the Florida pedestrian bridge that collapsed, and is building the upcoming Cline Avenue bridge replacement.

The new bridge over the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal will rise 10 stories over the canal when it opens next year,  It replaces a Cline Avenue bridge closed and declared unsafe by INDOT.

Ravinia Festival / Ravinia Festival

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have fallen just over 6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.39/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana. This compares with the national average that has increased almost one cent per gallon in the last week to $2.52/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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CROWN POINT - A local activist group who call themselves "Faith in Action" will be protesting outside of a gun show at the Lake County Fair Grounds this weekend.  The group is from the First Unitarian Church of Hobart. Maggie Reister, who serves as President of the Board of Trustees for the church, says Faith in Action will be putting its name into practice with a peaceful demonstration.

GasBuddy

NORTHWEST INDIANA- Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have risen just over two cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.46/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana. This compares with the national average that has fallen just over a penny per gallon in the last week to $2.50/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Marc Chase / Northwest Indiana Times

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Flooding on the Kankakee River continues to present challenges for those living in Schneider. Todd Kluber, Meteorologist with the Chicago National Weather Service in Romeoville, on Wednesday said parts of the river will remain a concern in the short term.

GasBuddy.com

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have risen almost three cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.45/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana. This compares with the national average that has fallen just over five cents per gallon in the last week to $2.51/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy on Monday said that prices last week jumped briefly to about $2.49 per gallon and now things are cooling back off.

Portage Police Department

PORTAGE - Schools were on lock down and police responded for several hours Thursday morning when the department received reports from several people regarding two men walking down the road with firearms.  Portage Police Chief Troy Williams says several calls came into the Portage Police Department at about 7:40 a.m. reporting sightings of two men walking near Fegely Middle School.

GasBuddy / GasBuddy.com

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have fallen just over 11 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.44/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana. This compares with the national average that has fallen almost four cents per gallon in the last week to $2.57/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.com says prices have plummeted nicely and prices declined another three cents per gallon on Monday.

Ben Franklin Middle School

VALPARAISO - A Ben Franklin Middle School teacher has been accused of having "inappropriate communications" with a student. "The Times" reports Associate Superintendent Julie Lauck confirmed the allegation was brought to the administration's attention on January 31st. The incident allegedly happened three years ago.  The conversations took place on instant messaging.  The teacher has been placed on a leave of absence.

/ South Shore Line

CHESTERTON - The South Shore Line has released a statement regarding the snow that's expected during the winter storm tonight into tomorrow (Thursday into Friday).  The significant snowfall that's expected over the next couple of days is within the South Shore Line service area. At this point, the South Shore anticipates all trains being on time, but they will keep passengers updated on any changes or service disruptions via their website, mobile app and email alerts and of course you can get that information at Lakeshore Public Radio, 89.1 fm.

Pintrest

NORTHWEST INDIANA - On the heels from a ration of about one to three inches of snow that hit the Region Monday evening, another round of snow is headed for Northwest Indiana.  Todd Kluber, Meteorologist with Chicago National Weather Service Office in Romeoville says we'll start to see the new snow system on Thursday.

GasBuddy / GasBuddy.com

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have risen just under nine cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.58/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana. This compares with the national average that has increased almost two cents per gallon in the last week to $2.60/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, on Tuesday said prices are a bit higher than they were a week ago.  

Lakeshore Public Media

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Northwest Indiana is getting hit with more snow.  Ricky Castro, Meteorologist with the Chicago National Weather Service in Romeoville says the system is going to be a continuation of what the Region received over the weekend.  Castro says the snow on Monday was expected to arrive in Northwest Indiana at around three in the afternoon, or slightly before.

Food Bank of Northwest Indiana

NORTHWEST INDIANA - February 1st through March 16th you may see large piles of peanut butter across Lake and Porter Counties.  The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is having a peanut butter drive to help spread the love in the spirit of Valentine's Day and the organization invites everyone to help.  Individuals and groups across Lake and Porter counties will be holding peanut butter drives, collecting thousands of jars to be distributed to local individuals and families facing hunger this season.

GasBuddy / GasBuddy.com

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have risen just over two cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.50/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in the Region. This compares with the national average that has increased 3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.57/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy said as of Tuesday gasoline prices prices were looking good for the consumer, but consumers shouldn't get too excited.

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Congressman Pete Visclosky, who represents the first district congressional district in Indiana is running for an 18th term.  

"I'm running again to continue some transformational programs in Northwest Indiana" Visclosky says.

Eventbrite / Calumet Artist Residency

GARY - The Calumet Artist Residency is taking on a mission to let people know that the city of Gary is rich with nature.  The organization's year-long project this year focuses on nature.  The Miller-based arts nonprofit's year-long Nature Project is to remind people of the woods, lagoons and lakes, prairie and plants that can be found in Gary.  Calumet Artist Residency Secretary Sam Love says there are numerous nature areas in the city that people don't even realize exist.

IN.gov / IN.gov

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Northwest Indiana has had lake effect snow developing throughout the day on Tuesday.  Mike Bardou, Meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Romeoville, says Tuesday morning the lake effect snow was on the western shore of the lake and it moved through Lake County in the afternoon hours then by around the 3:30 the system was focused on Porter County.  

"It'll be gradually progressing eastward and reaching areas to the east of Porter and LaPorte, some parts of Stark and Berien County, Michigan as we go into the evening hours," Bardou says.

GasBuddy / GasBuddy

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Average retail gasoline prices in Gary have risen just over three cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.57/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana. This compares with the national average that has increased almost 4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.52/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.com says this winter's prices have been different from past winters.

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