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NORTHWEST INDIANA - Gas prices during this year's 4th of July holiday weekend are significantly higher than last year's, which was at a low, according to Triple A.

AAA Auto Club Group spokesperson Molly Hart says at $3.09, the national gas price average is at its highest of the year and not stopping.

That average will increase, possibly as much as another nickel, in the lead up to the Independence Day holiday weekend as AAA forecasts a record-breaking 43.6 million Americans will hit the road for a holiday getaway. This year’s Independence Day weekend is defined as Thursday, July 1 – Monday, July 5.

While it is typical to see gas prices increase ahead of a holiday, especially during the peak summer driving season, pump price increases as of late have been noticeable.

Hart says today, 89% of U.S. gas stations are selling regular unleaded for $2.75 or more. And that is a stark increase over last July 4 when only a quarter of stations were selling gas for more than $2.25.  Hart says Road trippers will pay the most to fill up for the holiday since 2014.

Crude oil, and in turn gas prices, are more expensive compared to years past mostly due to three major factors: confidence in worldwide vaccination rollout, global oil demand spikes, and the easing of travel restrictions leading to optimism for leisure travel.

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INDIANA - The Indiana Department of Transportation is hosting hiring fairs at ten locations across the state and one of the locations is in Gary.  The events are being held on Thursday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Starting pay is $19 dollars per hour.

INDOT has more than 100 open positions in a variety of careers, but the greatest need is for skilled trade positions. INDOT recently increased starting pay for highway technicians and several other positions to $19 per hour, with opportunities to move up to $20 per hour with a valid commercial driver's license (CDL).

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WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue University engineers have developed a variant of the process for making fresh water out of seawater, a move that could make a big difference in water security world-wide.

A news release from the Purdue University News Service says making fresh water out of seawater usually requires huge amounts of energy. The most widespread process for desalination is called reverse osmosis, which works by flowing seawater over a membrane at high pressure to remove the minerals.  

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GARY- A mass vaccination site is being placed in Gary by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State of Indiana.  U.S. Congressman Frank Mrvan and City of Gary Mayor Jerome Prince both commented on the initiative on Monday expressing their excitement.

Prince says the mass vaccination site will be a game-changer as we continue to fight this historic pandemic.  He thanked Congressman Mrvan, the State of Indiana, the city's federal partners and the Gary Community School Corporation for providing space at Roosevelt High School.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - Congressman Frank Mrvan, of the 1st District of Indiana says passing the American Recovery Act is the most important aspect of his job currently.   He says making sure that congress has money going back to the cities, towns and states and making sure that schools have the funding to reopen is of key importance.

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Sophie Egan, owner and founder of "Soul Table Solutions," New York Times Contributor and Author of "How to be a Conscious Eater"  talks to Lakeshore Public Radio Show Host/Reporter Sharon Jackson about foods to eat that will keep your body healthy, whether or not Organic is really worth it, how to read labels and more.  Here is that conversation.

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WASHINGTON D.C. - Congressman Frank Mrvan has his committee assignments for the 117th Congress.

Mrvan announced on Friday that he will serve on the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee in the 117th Congress.  He will also be the Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization.  

During the organizing meeting for the Education and Labor Committee, Mrvan obtained positions on the Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee, and the Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee.

UNDATED -National School Choice Week, does an awareness campaign every year for a week, but anyone at anytime can contact the organization of the same name to learn about their educational options for their child.

Shelby Doyle, Director of Communications and External Relations, for National School Choice Week, spoke with Sharon Jackson about what the options are and the differences between them.

UNDATED - School Choice Week is underway this week.  Shelby Doyle, Director of Communications and External Relations, for National School Choice Week, says they conduct the awareness campaign annually to let parents know they have options in choosing their child's education.

Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs

INDIANAPOLIS - There is now a third round of COVID-19 response grants available for communities to apply for to help those impacted by the pandemic. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs are working with and overseeing the program. Crouch says some Northwest Indiana counties were awarded grants during the initial launch of the program in April and in the second round, in August.

Indiana Faces a New Normal Amid Stage 5

Sep 24, 2020
State of Indiana

INDIANA- Northwest Indiana, along with the rest of the state, is set to enter reopening Stage 5, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even though life and business won't be exactly the same as it was before the pandemic, Stage 5 goes into effect at 11:01 p.m. Friday, per Governor Eric Holcomb, the "Times" reports.

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says Hoosiers can celebrate National Public Lands Day next weekend by supporting their favorite state property with volunteer work or simply visiting. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort involving public lands. State park properties will have programs for visitors to volunteer as individuals or as part of many events across Indiana, but they can also choose to visit and just enjoy their favorite areas.

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UNDATED- Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been a general feeling that young people haven’t been taking mask and social distancing mandates seriously, leading to silly GIFs and mocking videos of people partying on beaches.  

But Zenreach, a walk-through marketing company, says that is not valid.  John Kelly, CEO of Zenreach says the company took a closer look at the people who are frequenting traditionally high-traffic businesses like restaurants and bars and determined that no specific age group or gender has been significantly more irresponsible than the other.

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UNDATED-Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been a general feeling that young people haven’t been taking mask and social distancing mandates seriously, leading to silly GIFs and mocking videos of people partying on beaches.  

But Zenreach, a walk-through marketing company, says that is not valid.  John Kelly, CEO of Zenreach says the company took a closer look at the people who are frequenting traditionally high-traffic businesses like restaurants and bars and determined that no specific age group or gender has been significantly more irresponsible than the other.

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HIGHLAND PARK, IL - HIGHLAND PARK, IL - For any Regioners who were planning on doing the approximate one hour and 15 minute drive from Northwest Indiana to Ravinia Festival this summer; the 2020 season at the outdoor concert venue in Highland Park, Illinois has been canceled.

Nick Pullia, Director of Communications for Ravinia Festival says calling it off was a difficult decision for many reasons.

INDIANAPOLIS-Governor Eric Holcomb Friday announced that the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has secured commitments for more than 6.3 million pieces of personal protective equipment  – up from 2.6 million last reported on April 13 – for hospitals, first responders, long-term care facilities and health care providers treating COVID-19 patients.

To date, more than 1.17 million items have been delivered to the Indiana State Department of Health for distribution.

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CEDAR LAKE - Early week storms knocked out the transmitter of Northwest Indiana’s local TV station, Lakeshore PBS, and the station is still working to return to normal operation.

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NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO, CANADA - In the aftermath of families getting separated at the U.S. - Mexico border, Lakeshore Public Radio traveled to the U.S. - Canada border to see how the environment is there.  

It was in Niagara Falls Ontario, Canada where Lakeshore Public Radio Reporter Sharon Jackson talked to people about their experiences crossing the border from the U.S. into Canada and Canada in the U.S.

Jackson went to Canada with her friend and travel partner, Denise Dougherty.  

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INDIANA - Indiana State Parks is encouraging Hoosiers to get outside on Black Friday in a campaign they call "optoutside."  They are doing the campaign because state park officials say a life outdoors, is a life well-lived.  Ginger Murphy, Deputy Director for Stewardship for Indiana State Parks says the idea came from outdoor gear store, REI about three years ago.  

"If you want to go shopping in the morning, go shopping, take sometime to go outside and destress and just enjoy the outdoors and visit a state park or spend the whole day outside," Murphy says.

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District

CHESTERTON - One of the requirements for federal funding for the double tracking of the South Shore Line is now complete.  

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District spokesperson John Parsons says the environmental assessment (EA) for the double track project between Michigan City and Gary is done and is now available for public comment.  Parsons says the EA can be accessed online through the double track website.

The words "endangered species" often conjure up images of big exotic creatures. Think elephants, leopards and polar bears.

But there's another of type of extinction that may be occurring, right now, inside our bodies.

The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Harvey is now Hurricane Harvey and is forecasting it will become a major hurricane to hit the middle Texas coastline.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti finds out what to expect from the storm over the weekend from Jen Carfagno (@JenCarfagno), meteorologist and host of “AMHQ” at The Weather Channel.

In Yemen, years of war have driven millions of people from their homes and left millions more without enough food and at risk of cholera.

Matthew Tueller (@USEmbassyYemen), the American ambassador to Yemen, tells Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti that the U.S. hopes to bring the warring sides together to try to negotiate a resolution.

This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay. In Indiana, thousands of Hoosiers could be affected. Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.

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