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By Suzi Parker LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) - People from Texas to New York were bundling up on Thursday against a winter storm that closed schools and businesses, blanketed roads and power lines with ice and threatened to disrupt road travel across a wide swath of the United States. The southern plains and central region, including Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas were expected to be especially hard hit by the storm, according to the National Weather Service. In Little Rock, Arkansas, people scrambled to stock their cupboards as temperatures plunged. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon activated the state's 24-hour emergency operations center.
“This court action provides funding that will help bring to life our vision for an Institute that supports Connecticut residents and communities in addressing the very real threats posed by severe weather," said Gov. Dannel Malloy. "Working together with the General Assembly last session we created a framework for an Institute at UConn – that was the first step. The resources made available by the court take us to step two and will help move us beyond planning and study to the real work of the Institute."
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) suggested Thursday that global warming could actually be a good thing for his state, because the melting ice is opening up the Arctic for shipping. "Everybody looks at the negative effects of global warming, but with the ice melting, the Northern Passage has opened up,” LePage said at a transportation conference Thursday morning, according to the Bangor Daily News. “So maybe, instead of being at the end of the pipeline, we’re now at the beginning of a new pipeline.” The Northwest Passage, which consists of a series of channels through the Canadian Arctic, has long
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's (R) nominee to head the state's Department of Environmental Protection says he doesn't believe that climate change is all that bad. Christopher Abruzzo, Corbett's pick for DEP secretary, testified at a hearing of the state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on Wednesday, where he was asked about climate change, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports. Abruzzo said at the hearing that while he does believe climate change is happening and humans are contributing to it, he hasn't read anything that would lead him to think it's a problem.
Yahoo News is publishing first-person accounts from readers who are surviving the cold snap that's affecting large portions of the west and upper Midwest this week. FIRST PERSON | TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- The temperatures have fallen all day long into Thursday, but no precipitation has yet reached the ground. There is perhaps no bigger harbinger of the nasty winter weather in Oklahoma than the shelves at the local grocery stores.
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