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The Fabulous Fox to undergo renovations

The landmark Fox Theatre in St. Louis is undergoing a $2 million renovation that will bring parts of the historic building from the 1920s into the 21st century.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the biggest improvement will be installation of a new air conditioning system. Parts of the old system date to the building's opening in 1929.


Another excessive heat advisory in place

An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 7 p.m Friday.

The National Weather Service says a dangerous combination of heat and humidity will lead to afternoon and early evening heat index values between 105 and 115 degrees through Friday.

Aldermen working on St. Louis copper theft proposal this summer

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The St. Louis area will be subject to even more toasty temperatures over the next week or so.

Triple-digit highs are expected for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

An excessive heat watch has been issued by the city of St. Louis starting on Saturday (July 16) and ending on Thursday (July 21).

In St. Louis County, five cooling shelters, and two health centers, will open starting Saturday and then close on Thursday.

Here's a list of the cooling centers opening in St. Louis County as provided by the St. Louis County Department of Health:

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St. Louis health officials say an 80-year-old woman has died from the heat.

The woman's death was announced Thursday. Her name was not released.

The city Health Department says the woman was found lifeless in her home on Wednesday. No additional information was released.

It was the second heat-related death in St. Louis this year. The other victim died in June.

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Corrected at 2:30 p.m. to reflect correct date that woman was discovered. An earlier version using original source information stated the incorrect date of July 7.

Updated 1:45 p.m.

The city of St. Louis is confirming its first heat related death of the year.

The unidentified 52-year-0ld woman was found unresponsive in her home in the 4100 block of Iowa in south St. Louis on June 7. The coroner confirmed today that the excessive heat was the cause of death. The high temperature on June 7 was 96 degrees.

City health director Pamela Walker says the woman's husband found her inside the home, where the temperature read 100 degrees. The home had working air conditioning, but it wasn't turned on.

Mayor Francis Slay is asking people to encourage neighbors to turn their air conditioning on.

A Granite City man died under similar circumstances on Sunday.

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Mo. Gov. Nixon to sign legislation related to disability issues

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is preparing to sign legislation addressing several physical and mental disability issues. The governor has scheduled a signing ceremony for this morning at Paraquad Independent Living Center in St. Louis.

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The sweltering summer temperatures that have gripped the Midwest are being blamed in the suspected heat-stroke death of a 51-year-old man in southwestern Illinois.

Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn says Mitsunari Uechi was found unresponsive Sunday night in his Granite City mobile home by his live-in mother and later was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Nonn says the home's air conditioner wasn't working, and the man's body temperature was 104 degrees when he arrived at the hospital.


Dangerously hot in St. Louis Metro area Monday and Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Monday and Tuesday due to extreme temperatures and humidity.

John Carney with the National Weather Service says heat index values will range from 110 to 115 degrees.

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The organization that provides air conditioners to seniors and the disabled in St. Louis during summer months says it’s getting some financial help.

Cool Down St. Louis accepted $12,500 today from Hardee’s, Vatterott Educational Centers and the financial services company, Citi. Cool Down board chairwoman Melanie DiLeo says with another hot summer expected, they’ll need more help to prevent heat-related deaths in the region.

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A heat advisory is in effect in the St. Louis Public Radio listening area until 7 p.m. on Wednesday (June 8), but medical emergencies associated with the heat have already begun.

The St. Louis City Department of Health said that, as of Monday afternoon, there have been 12 heat-related EMS runs and eight heat-related hospital reports in St. Louis since Saturday (June 4).

St. Louis County also said that 17 people were treated for heat exhaustion over the weekend.