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Return of Polar Vortex to Trigger Midwest Storms, Chill
It will become surprisingly cool during what is typically the hottest time of the year. Graphic courtesy AccuWeather.com
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 13, 2014 - While the effect of the July sun and warm landscape will cancel some of the cool air, it will become surprisingly cool in the Midwest during what is typically the hottest time of the year.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Carl Erickson, "The pattern is reminiscent of a major polar plunge that occurred this past winter, which was referred to as the Polar Vortex."
The pattern will deliver multiple days with high temperatures in the lower 70s in St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit and even a day or two with highs in the 60s in Minneapolis and other parts of the Upper Midwest.
At night, temperatures could challenge record lows. Temperatures will drop into the 50s at night in these cities and others and will dip into the 40s in some of the suburbs and rural areas.
The cooler air will move in aloft before reaching ground level. As this happens, an unstable atmosphere will trigger episodes of thunderstorms, some of which will be severe in parts of the region.
The first episode will fire over portions of the northern and central Plains to the Upper Midwest into Friday.
On Friday, the storms in parts of eastern Wyoming and from northeastern Colorado to Nebraska and Minnesota will bring the potential for damaging wind gusts and large hail.
Gov. Nixon Signs Bill to Reauthorize Missouri Rx Program
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 13, 2014 - Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law a bill extending a program that has provided prescription drug assistance to hundreds of thousands of older Missourians and those with disabilities.
Senate Bill 754 reauthorizes the Missouri Rx until Aug. 28, 2017; the program had been set to expire next month. In January, the Governor called upon the General Assembly to extend the program, which has enjoyed bi-partisan support since being established in 2006.
"Missouri Rx helps hundreds of thousands of seniors and Missourians with disabilities afford the prescription medication they need, and I commend the General Assembly for moving forward with the program's reauthorization," Gov. Nixon said.
Both Senate Bill 754 and Senate Bill 716, another public health bill the Governor also signed, contain provisions that would create a new license for "assistant physicians." The Governor issued signing statements with both bills to convey his concerns that additional safeguards are necessary to ensure that the health of citizens would not be placed in jeopardy by this new class of medical licensure.
In addition to those two bills, the Governor also signed:
Senate Bill 567, which provides additional training and program resources through the Department of Health and Senior Services for providers of adult day care programs;
Senate Bill 606, which addresses individuals who solicit pre-paid legal service plans. The Governor included a signing statement with this bill noting that the bill will strengthen the regulation of such individuals by subjecting them to civil and criminal enforcement by the Missouri Attorney General pursuant to the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act;
Senate Bill 527, which designates each March 27th as "Medical Radiation Safety Awareness Day";
Senate Bill 691, which addresses homeowner insurance policies and sinkhole coverage;
Senate Bill 808, which addresses the licensure and scope of practice for certain professions;
House Bill 1225, which modifies provisions relating to self-service storage facilities;
House Bill 1603, which designates "jumping jacks" as the official state exercise; and
House Bill 1710, which establishes the Missouri National Guard Foundation Fund and authorizes a designation of tax refunds to the fund.
Gov. Nixon also vetoed three other bills, including Senate Bill 575, which would limit the requirement for an actuarial analysis of health insurance benefit mandates and repeal the MO HealthNet Oversight Committee.
Senate Bill 675, related to local government retirement plans, also was vetoed by the Governor. The bill would allow political subdivisions to transfer administration of a closed police or firefighter retirement plan without the consent of the plan's trustees or a vote of plan participants, even if such a vote is called for by the city charter.
Gov. Nixon vetoed House Bill 1359, which would allow for the sale of alcohol in the Missouri State Capitol in certain situations.
Finally, Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed two consumer-lending bills, saying that one bill does not provide true reform to payday lending and the other bill takes away the authority of local government to protect consumers.
In vetoing Senate Bill 694, the Governor said the bill "provides false hope of true payday lending reform while in reality falling far short of the mark." Instead of true reform, Senate Bill 694 "appears to be part of a coordinated effort by the payday loan industry to avoid more meaningful reform." The Governor pointed out that under the bill payday lenders could still charge 912.5 percent for a 14-day loan, and that borrowers could still be offered multiple loans by multiple lenders at the same time or be encouraged to take out back-to-back loans from the same lender.
"Payday lending often perpetuates an endless cycle of debt for consumers who can least afford it, and this bill fails to protect Missourians from being caught in this downward spiral," Gov. Nixon said. "Missourians want meaningful payday lending reform, not a sham effort at reform that allows such predatory practices to continue. I encourage the General Assembly to approach this problem again next year, and present me with a bill that delivers true reform."
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