Morning headlines - Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | St. Louis Public Radio

Morning headlines - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jun 27, 2012

Hot forecast brings heat advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the St. Louis area.

The advisory is in effect starting at noon on Thursday, and extending to at least 7 p.m. on Saturday. And the forecast from the National Weather Service shows why.

It's supposed to be 99 degrees today, then 108 on Thursday, 104 on Friday, 102 on Saturday, 101 on Sunday, and 101 again on Monday.  All of those highs are at or near record-breaking levels. Heat index values each day will be well into the triple digits.

The Weather Service says the last extended heat wave like this in June was more than 60 years ago.

  • Here's a helpful list of tips on finding cooling centers and other beat-the-heat information.

McCaskill will skip convention in Charlotte

A big name in Missouri Democratic politics is skipping her party's convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Senator Claire McCaskill says she'll spend the week of Sept. 3 campaigning in Missouri instead. She becomes the latest in a string of conservative Democrats to skip the gathering of party faithful, which is expected to focus heavily on President Obama and his re-election effort. Charlotte beat out St. Louis to host the convention.

McCaskill was an early supporter of the president in 2008, endorsing him in the primaries.

This is not the first time McCaskill has skipped a convention while running for office. She did not attend the 2004 convention in Boston during a campaign for governor.

UM curators approve borrowing to expand Memorial Stadium

Reporters at KBIA in Columbia contributed to this story.

The University of Missouri curators gave quick approval yesterday to a $72 million dollar package of bonds revamp the football stadium in Columbia.

The move comes as the Tigers prepare to enter the Southeastern Conference this season. The construction will bring the capacity at Memorial Stadium more in line with facilities in the rest of the conference.

"The majority of our stadiums now seat over 80,000 people," SEC executive associate commissioner Mark Womack said. "People are continuing to make improvements to their stadiums, so certainly the fan base is very passionate about SEC football, and about their particular teams."

The expansion will add 5,200 bleacher seats and 800 to 900 premium seats at Memorial, bringing capacity to about 77,000. The university will also make upgrades to bathrooms, concession stands and lounges at the stadium.

The bonds will also finance improvements to the tennis, golf, softball and baseball facilities.  The university also received a $30 million donation from the Kansas City Sports Trust to make further upgrades to its football facilities.


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