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CHICAGO (AP) — This winter's bitter cold temperatures in the Midwest have covered a stunning 79 percent of the Great Lakes in ice.

It's not a record, but it's well above the long-term average of about 51 percent.

Lake Michigan is about 63 percent frozen. And the second largest lake in the system, Huron, is about 85 percent covered.

Lake Erie, at 93 percent, has the most ice cover.

The data comes from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

It tracks the ice cover because of its potential impacts on everything from hydropower generation to commercial shipping and fishing.

Studying the ice cover also helps determine climate patterns and water levels.

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Through Sunday, Feb. 9

(3 of 8 events Sunday)
(8 of 13 total events)

Nation  G  S  B Tot

Norway  2  1  3   6

United States  2  0  1   3

Canada  1  1  1   3

Netherlands  1  1  1   3

Austria  1  1  0   2

Switzerland  1  0  0   1

Sweden  0  2  0   2

Finland  0  1  0   1

Italy  0  1  0   1

Britain  0  0  1   1

Czech Republic  0  0  1   1

 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of people who have developmental disabilities could begin receiving publicly funded services as Missouri officials tackle a waiting list for in-home services that now stands at almost 1,400 people.

Governor Jay Nixon is proposing nearly $24 million for in-home services for people who qualify for Medicaid that officials say would cover 970 people. The Department of Mental Health says about 500 people would remain on the waiting list that several years ago stood at more than 2,000 people.

Other states also have waiting lists for the services. The waits can lead to financial challenges and psychological strain.

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ARNOLD, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri community that was the first in the state to install red light cameras says it will keep issuing tickets to red-light runners caught on camera, but they don't have to pay the fine if they don't want to.

TheSt. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Arnold City Council voted unanimously Thursday to not pursue tickets from the cameras. The decision comes after the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District ruled in December that Arnold's red-light camera law is unconstitutional.

City Administrator Bryan Richison says those who get tickets and come to court will get their ticket dismissed, while no warrants will be issued for those who just ignore the tickets. Those who pay the fines, however, won't get their money back.

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