Morning headlines: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 | St. Louis Public Radio

Morning headlines: Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Jul 20, 2011

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.

The Fabulous Fox, as the theater is widely known, will also get a new facade and new lighting. Fox officials expect the updated lighting and air conditioning to cut the building's energy consumption by half. During the seven-week renovation, crews will also repair damage to the lobby ceiling caused by a fire in May.

The Fox hosts a wide range of shows throughout the year, from Broadway musicals to touring bands and shows.

Three-year-old son of police officer fatally shoots himself

Police in suburban St. Louis say an officer's 3-year-old son is dead after accidentally shooting himself. The Maryland Heights officer was on duty and not at home when the shooting occurred Tuesday.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police found the boy in a rear bedroom, where he had accidentally shot himself in the upper torso with a handgun. The boy’s father, a three-year-member of the department was among the first officers on the scene.

The toddler was taken to DePaul Hospital and later pronounced dead. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the gun was owned by the officer for personal use and was not department-issued.

Heat wave continues in St. Louis

A dangerous, prolonged heat wave continues in the St. Louis area. The National Weather Service says a dome of hot and humid air will remain anchored over the region for the rest of this week. An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. on Saturday.

A dangerous combination of heat and humidity will lead to afternoon and early evening heat index values between 105 and 115 degrees through Saturday. The most oppressive conditions will occur in the St. Louis metro are due to the urban heat island effect.