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A heat wave is taking hold of the metro-area and reminding us that it's August in St. Louis.
The National Weather Services has issued a heat advisory for the St. Louis area from noon Tuesday until 7:00 Saturday evening.
Temperatures are expected to rise into the mid and upper 90's, with heat indices around 100 over the next several days. There will be little relief at night, especially in the urban heat island of St. Louis.
At least a few schools are closing early today as a precaution. They include the Legacy Christian Academy in Caseyville which will close at noon and St. John the Baptist in Villa Ridge which plans to close at 11:30. Also, all schools in the Bunker Hill District are closing at 2 p.m. today.
And the extreme heat is forcing some high school football teams to change game times this weekend. Hazelwood School District officials rescheduled games for Hazelwood Centrals and Hazelwood East. Both games have been moved from 1 PM to 10 AM.
Extra precaution is warranted, especially for those spending time outside. OSHA recommends drinking extra water and taking frequent breaks in the shade or in air conditioning.
For information about cooling centers, call the United Way by dialing 2-1-1 from any land line phone. Or call 1-800-427-4626.
QUAD CITIES, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is advocating for the U.S. to launch a missile strike at the Syrian regime which is believed to have used chemical weapons on civilians.
The Quad City Times reports that Kirk made the comments Monday while visiting the Rock Island Arsenal.
Kirk opposes extending "boots on the ground" U.S. military involvement in Syria. He likened an air strike to the 1998 attack on Iraq aimed at curbing weapons of mass destruction. Kirk is a Highland Park Republican and a recently retired Naval intelligence officer.
Secretary of State John Kerry has decried what he called Syria's "indiscriminate slaughter of civilians," but hasn't indicated whether the U.S. will take action. Syrian President Bashar Assad has denied launching a chemical attack.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The estimated savings on a pension proposal backed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan earlier this year is nearly $25 billion less than originally thought.
That's because the Teachers Retirement System - one of Illinois' five pension systems - says it made a mistake in its calculations. The change was outlined in a Monday letter to a bipartisan panel tasked with coming up with an approach to solving Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis.
Madigan's plan involves across-the-board cuts in benefits. It was originally touted to save Illinois about $187 billion over 30 years. However, the new estimate is about $163 billion in the same time period.
Another plan from Senate President John Cullerton, which had union support, was estimated to save roughly $47 billion over the same timeframe.
After three years of lawsuits, developer Paul McKee is hoping to restart his stalled NorthSide Regeneration Project.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the city's Tax Increment Finance Commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday on McKee's request for some changes to the $390 million TIF package that the Board of Aldermen had approved for for the project four years ago.
A spokesman for the project says they need officials to restart the clock the 1,500 acre redevelopment.
The public hearing also gives residents another chance to chime in.
McKee says if he wins the TIF changes, ground could be broken next spring on the 2 square mile development site north of downtown.
Metro-east officials say the death of a Madsion, Illinois man should serve as a reminder of the dangers of extreme heat.
Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn announced Monday that 56 year old Darold Mays died of heat stroke. May suffered from heart and lung disease that made him more vulnerable, but hi body temperature was over 101 when he had been found dead in an alley in the 1300 block of Klein Avenue in Venice.
Family members say that Mays was developmentally disabled and was known to venture out into the community to collect aluminum cans.
Nonn says with temperatures forecast to be in the mid and upper 90s this week, it's important to be conscious of the heat's toll on healthy individuals during normal activities, but also to keep an eye on friends and family who may be more susceptible to the heat because of age or chronic health issues.
There's good news for drivers in north county. Missouri transportation officials report that all lanes of westbound I-270 have reopened after a broken water main had shut it down for several hours.
Just before 10 o'clock Monday night police closed westbound I-270 because of the broken main at Old Halls Ferry. The closure caused traffic to back up all the way into Illinois.
By 1 a.m. Tuesday, one lane had reopened.
At about 2:30 Tuesday morning, MoDOT reported that all lanes had reopened.
An investigation continues after a woman was found dead in her Hazelwood apartment.
Around 9:45 a.m. police were asked to check on the welfare of 27-year-old Denitra Jones. When officers arrived, they found her body. Investigators say the circumstances surrounding her death were suspicious and the coroner confirmed her death was a homicide.
Police say they have a person of interest in custody and are presenting the case the prosecutors.
NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) - The search continues for an 83-year-old southeast Missouri woman missing since last week.
Eighty-three-year-old Barbara Stoffer of New Madrid (MAH-drid) was last seen on the afternoon of Aug. 20. She is 5-foot-2 and weighs 120 pounds with gray hair. Stoffer drives a green 1993 Volvo with Missouri license plate number 073RYW.
KFVS-TV reports that hundreds of people gathered Sunday night at a candlelight vigil for Stoffer. City police and the county sheriff continue to search for her.
Friends say Stoffer visited the nearby Mississippi River daily. The search includes river dive teams from the state Highway Patrol.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - City efforts to force repairs at hundreds of deteriorating St. Louis homes remain stymied as the property owner's identity is shrouded in mystery.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Urban Assets LLC holding company owns more than 200 distressed houses on the city's north side. Many have multiple code violations, unpaid fines and unpaid tax penalties.
The holding company's registered agent says he is bound by confidentiality to not disclose the owner's identity. The city is trying to sell dozens of Urban Assets' houses at nuisance property auctions after the company failed to pay property taxes. Only one has sold so far.
Sweltering heat is already forcing some high school football teams to change game times this weekend.
Hazelwood School District officials rescheduled games for Hazelwood Centrals and Hazelwood East. Both games have been moved from 1 PM to 10 AM. Temperatures this weekend are expected to be in the upper-90's with heat indexes above 100.
The games new times are:
Hazelwood Central High School
HCHS vs. Webster Groves High School
10 a.m. at HCHS
15875 New Halls Ferry Road, Florissant, MO 63031
Hazelwood East High School
HEHS vs. McCluer High School
10 a.m. at HEHS
11300 Dunn Road, St. Louis MO 63138