Sweltering Heat Rolls into St. Louis
Sweltering heat and humidity will advance into the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic this week, bringing the hottest weather of the year to date for the St. Louis region. Graphic courtesy AccuWeather.com
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 15, 2014 - In wake of a weekend that brought widespread low humidity and comfortable weather to the Midwest, heat and humidity will return in a big way midweek with temperatures in the nineties and high humidity Tuesday and Wednesday.
"The hottest weather of the year will spread from the Ohio Valley to the mid-Atlantic states Tuesday into Wednesday," Expert Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson, AccuWeather.com said.
"AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures could approach 110 F in the corridor of worst heat on Wednesday," said Anderson.
In this extreme heat, limit your outdoor activities and seek shade or air conditioning when possible. Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Relief will also come from some cooling showers and thunderstorms which will be most prevalent during the afternoons and evenings this week.
A strengthening high pressure system across the Southeast will be responsible for the hot weather. The high will send this heat, that is more typical across the south, into the northern regions.
AG Koster Sues Retailers for Selling Deceptive Automobile Engine Products
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 15, 2014 - Attorney General Chris Koster has joined the Missouri Department of Agriculture's Division of Weights and Measures in a crackdown on mislabeled and fake auto-engine products. Koster filed lawsuits against five St. Louis-area retailers for selling engine products knowing the products either misrepresented their contents or could seriously damage consumers' cars.
"People who rely on their car to get to work or to take their kids to school should not have to face catastrophic engine failure because they tried to save money," said Koster. "Missouri consumers deserve engine products that live up to the representations made on the bottle."
Beginning in December, 2013, state inspectors discovered that St. Louis-area retailers were selling 41 different brands of motor oil, transmission fluid, and antifreeze products that did not contain the volume or quality of the contents advertised on their label. Testing overseen by the Division of Weights and Measures found products seized from the wholesaler of the products - Rock Bottom Wholesale of St. Louis - had a variety of problems, including:
Each of the 17 retailers and two wholesalers visited by state inspectors in March was ordered to stop selling the 41 suspect products. In a May re-inspection, inspectors found five retailers were still selling products in violation of the Stop-Sale order. In lawsuits filed in St. Louis City and County, Koster alleges the five retailers knowingly sold fraudulent products to consumers that could damage their cars.
- Motor oil that was un-labeled used oil and contained metallic sediment, motor oil that fell below minimum viscosity standards, and, in one case, a product that did not even contain oil at all.
- Antifreeze products that contained medical-waste methanol - a corrosive with a boiling point below normal engine temperature - or, in one case, wiper fluid and green dye.
- Products advertised at a specific volume, such as one-quart, that were under-volume. One automatic-transmission fluid product, sold under the name Bullseye Type A, was labeled as one-quart, but was actually only .77 quarts.
The following retailers are being sued for continuing to sell suspect products in violation of the Stop-Sale order:
Unique Mark, 9641 St. Charles Rock Road; Shell, 4903 Goodfellow Blvd.; Phillips 66, 5003 Goodfellow Blvd.; Kenny's Discount, 5477 N. Kingshighway; and Quality Market, 2708 N. Florissant Ave.
Koster's lawsuits seek to permanently ban the retailers from selling these products in the future, and restitution for consumers who purchased the products after the Stop-Sale Order and for any resulting harm to the consumers' cars. The lawsuits also seek civil penalties and the payment of costs associated with the investigation and prosecution of the cases.
Fathers Today Are More Involved with Their Children
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 15, 2014 - This Sunday, June 15th, as we celebrate fathers across the nation, new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that fathers today are more involved with their children than recent generations, which enhances children's well-being. Specifically, more dads are reading to their children, playing a primary role in grooming (bathing, diapering, and dressing), participating in activities together, and eating meals with their children.
"The importance of being a present and engaged dad lies in the long-term effects and benefits that this responsibility has on the children and families we serve," stated Earl Johnson, Director, Office of Family Assistance, which oversees the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse. "Fatherhood must be respected as essential to the well-being of our communities and as an investment in the creation of a caring, healthier, and more productive society as a whole. Fatherhood is both a privilege and an honor, and the greatest reward is when your child calls you dad."
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) supports fathers and family service organizations throughout the year, by providing key resources, webinars, and helping fathers to connect to community resources.
"Although dads today are more involved with their children than in previous generations, we know from our direct outreach that many fathers still want guidance when it comes to interacting with and supporting their children," says Kenneth Braswell, NRFC Director. "And, fathers need different kinds of support throughout their children's lives."