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Heatwave
4:51 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Have unpaid electric bills? State heat law will keep your power on

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Triple-digit temperatures means Missouri utilities cannot shut off customers' electricity for unpaid bills.

Missouri regulators said Friday that state law ensures consumers cannot have their electricity turned off during extreme heat. The policy kicks in when forecasts call for temperatures above 95 or a heat index above 105 degrees.

Officials reported scattered complaints Thursday about some utilities seeking to disconnect customers' power. The Public Service Commission says it is not aware of anyone whose electricity was turned off.

 

Other News
12:21 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Extreme heat not expected to let up any time soon

Workers installing a rain gutter in the heat.
Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio

Oppressive heat and triple-digit temperatures continue to blanket the Midwest from Ohio, down through drought-plagued Indiana, Illinois and Missouri.

With high temperature records being surpassed left and right the National Weather Service is forecasting St. Louis will reach 108 degrees for the second day in a row.

The hot temperatures and dry conditions are particularly hard on those whose jobs involve being outside.

Aaron Angst installs siding and rain gutters, hard work he says, especially when completely exposed to the sun.

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Morning round-up
5:54 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Morning headlines - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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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.

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Record Heat
2:54 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

March was warmest on record in St. Louis - Illinois, too.

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March’s average temperature in St. Louis this year is almost 15 degrees above normal. If the forecast holds true tomorrow, St. Louis’s unusually high temperatures will make this the warmest March on record.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Britt says the average temperature this month will be almost 61 degrees.

“The previous record of 1910 was only about 57.5 so that’s a considerable breaking of the record,” he said.  

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Heat death
11:02 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Record heat proves fatal in Metro East

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Yesterday's record high temperature was a contributing factor in the death of a 79-year-old Belleville woman.

Ruth Reinhardt's body was found on the porch of a home Wednesday evening. The Belleville News-Democrat says police tried to locate Reinhardt earlier in the day after someone reported that she seems disoriented while walking around the neighborhood.

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Morning Headlines: Thursday, September 1, 2011

Artist rendering of Isle of Capri Casino in Cape Girardeau, set to open in Late 2012.
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Isle of Capri begins to take shape

Convoys of trucks began arriving Tuesday night at the construction site for the Isle of Capri casino in Cape Girardeau with concrete for the foundation. The Southeast Missourian reports that crews worked for nearly 12 hours, pouring more than 2,100 cubic yards of concrete.

The $125 million Isle of Capri is scheduled to open in late 2012. Features are expected to include three restaurants, a terrace overlooking the river and a 750-seat event center.

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Excessive heat
4:25 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Heat sets record, forces local high school to close early on Thursday and Friday

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The sweltering summer temperatures that have resulted in a heat advisory for the St. Louis Public Radio listening area have set a record.

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Heat-Related Deaths
4:37 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Fifth heat-related death reported in St. Louis County

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The heat wave is being blamed in the death of an 80-year-old St. Louis County woman.

The county health department says the woman was found Aug. 2 in her Brentwood home. A window air conditioner was not working and all the windows and doors were closed. Authorities say the temperature inside the home was 96 degrees.

It is at least the fifth heat-related death in St. Louis County this year.

 

Missouri State Fair
3:38 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Heat wave not expected to plague Mo. State Fair opening

(Courtesy Missouri State Fair)

It appears that the record-setting heat wave may have finally let up in portions of Missouri, which is good news for State Fair organizers.

The annual event begins one week from today in Sedalia, and forecasters are predicting high’s in the low 80’s for opening day.

Governor Jay Nixon says there’ll be plenty of emergency responders on hand if the excessive heat returns.

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Heat-Related Deaths
12:12 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Coroner: Alton man, 63, dies from summer swelter

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A coroner says the summer swelter killed a southwestern Illinois man who was found dead in his home where a window air-conditioning unit had been shut down to save money.

Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn says the body of 63-year-old Jerry Besterfeldt was found Wednesday morning by his live-in girlfriend in their Alton home.

Nonn says the girlfriend slept in the living room in front of the fan while Besterfeldt slept in the bedroom.

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