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Split Rock Lighthouse lighting ceremony will allow visitors again

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BEAVER BAY, Minn. — A Lake Superior lighthouse plans to welcome visitors back for an annual memorial honoring the sailors who died when the Edmund Fitzgerald sank.

Every Nov. 10, the day the ship sank in a gale in 1975, the Split Rock Lighthouse just south of Beaver Bay holds a beacon lighting. Lighthouse officials announce the names of all 29 sailors who died as a bell tolls, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

The lighthouse didn’t allow visitors to attend last year’s ceremony due to COVID-19 concerns. People had to listen through an online livestream.

Lighthouse officials say this year’s ceremony will be a hybrid, with the lighthouse grounds open to the public and a livestream on the Minnesota Historical Society’s Facebook and YouTube pages for those who can’t attend. The ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m.

“There’s something about being here on-site and hearing the bell ring, and the names being read off and then seeing the beacon turned on right after that. There’s just something very special about that,” said Hayes Scriven, the lighthouse site manager. “It’s just a way to connect with the past and remember that Lake Superior is a fickle animal and you’ve got to respect the power, and not take it for granted.”

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Missouri pro sports teams hope for deal on legalized gambling bill in 2022

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ST. LOUIS- Professional sports teams in the state of Missouri, including the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, Kansas City Royals, the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis CITY SC are hopeful that legislation to legalize sports gambling in the state will get over the finish line in 2022, potentially negating the need to put a proposition before voters.

Our news partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report that Bill DeWitt III, along with representatives of other pro sports teams and their lobbyists were on hand in Jefferson City Wednesday, pressing their case for legislation that would add Missouri to the list of more than 30 states which have legalized gambling on sports in some form or another since 2018. Illinois joined the ranks in 2020.

The gambling industry publication Sportshandle.com reports that six pro sports franchises in the state have come to an agreement Wednesday to back legislation “that would allow for statewide mobile wagering tethered to existing gaming locations.” It was described as the first time that pro sports teams and gaming companies would be in “lockstep” to support the passage of a bill.

“All of the professional sports teams in Missouri support legislation that will allow wagering to occur in a responsible way in the appropriate setting,” DeWitt told the Post-Dispatch Thursday.

Previous efforts to legalize gambling on professional sports in Missouri have stalled in part because of the fight and proliferation of illegal gambling machines at convenience stores and gas stations across the state. “We have casinos in Missouri we have a lottery in Missouri but those are highly regulated endeavors these new black market gambling machines, so-called no chance or pre-reveal machines are illegal under Missouri law and we need to stop their proliferation,” Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said when machines found there were destroyed last fall.

A state lawmaker told FOX2 back in 2018 that the fight over regulating the machines was potentially a $90 million fight over money that could end up funding education in the state.

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Frigid morning ties season’s coldest temp, deep cold holds into Friday

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St. Louis Weather:

ST. LOUIS – As the St. Louis region awoke Thursday morning, temperatures were in the single digits. The official morning low temperature, which comes from Lambert Airport was 7, which ties the mark for coldest of the season. We also hit 7 back on Jan 7, 2022.

Morning low temperatures experienced on January 20, 2022

But it wasn’t just the thermometer reading. Northwest winds of 10 to 15 mph made it feel like the temperature was between -5 to -10 degrees.

Think this morning was cold? It could be even colder. The record low for January 20 is a full 25 degrees colder, -18 set in 1985.

Sunny skies but cold on Thursday with highs in the mid to upper teens. Temperatures overnight may be colder, forecasted Friday wake-up temperatures are around 6, but winds will be lighter, meaning the wind chill won’t be as cold. Winds swing to the south on Friday, and we’ll see temperature climb close to 30 in the afternoon.

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Forecast for early Friday (1/21/22) morning temperatures: Posted Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022

AAA is reminding drivers that bitter cold mornings like these also lead to crimes of opportunity in driveways and parking lots. Thieves often look for the exhaust of unattended vehicles that owners are warming up. Thieves can be off with your car in a matter of seconds. 

AAA recommends the following tips to avoid becoming an auto theft victim:

  • Never leave a car unlocked and running to warm it up or while stopping for a quick cup of coffee. It only takes a moment for the opportunistic thief to jump inside and drive off.
  • Start the engine and allow it to idle only for the time it takes you to fasten your seat belt. This ensures that lubricating oil gets to all of the engine’s vital parts. Driving the car normally and avoiding hard acceleration brings the engine to a warmer temperature faster, and also reduces wear and exhaust emissions.
  • Use anti-theft or automatic tracking devices. If your vehicle wasn’t equipped with an alarm or hidden tracking device when purchased, have one installed.
  • Never leave your keys in your vehicle, even at a gas station or at home.

As the temperatures drop, St. Louis County Warming Shelter Services are open. They are being provided at Salvation Army Family Haven at 10740 Page. Those in need of the services can call #211 or the Salvation Army directly at 314-423-7770.

Heat-Up St. Louis, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity that focuses on helping area elderly and disabled people, and low-income families, with their delinquent heating bills in Missouri and Illinois in the St. Louis region. If you need help or would like to aid their cause, please visit heatupstlouis.org.

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Steep drop in Illinois COVID cases, hospitalizations but deaths remain high, data shows

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Illinois continues to see significant declines in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and the positivity rate.  In fact, more than 1,100 fewer people are hospitalized with COVID than were just one week ago.  

Thursday’s COVID numbers continue to show the omicron variant-fueled surge in Illinois is in retreat.  For the first time in weeks, no region in the Chicago-area is reporting fewer than 10% of its intensive care beds available. 

However, Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting the highest number of daily deaths in more than a year; and even the average number of daily deaths is higher than it’s been in a year, since before vaccines were widely available. This is not entirely unexpected since deaths typically lag behind infections by several weeks.

Here are today’s numbers:

  • 23,246 New Cases 
  • 6,258 Hospitalized (lowest since Jan 1)
  • 1,033 Intensive Care patients (lowest since Dec 29)
  • 198 Deaths (highest since Dec 5, 2020)

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