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City of St. Louis Remains Under HEAT ADVISORY Until Sunday at 7 PM
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 31, 2013 - The National Weather Servie has extended the HEAT ADVISORY for the City of St. Louis until 7pm on Sunday.

A prolonged episode of much above normal temperatures is expected through at least Saturday for the area. High temperatures in the mid to upper 90s can be expected each afternoon, with heat index values of up to 102 degrees.

The worst heat conditions will be found in the Saint Louis metro area, and as a result, a Heat Advisory has been issued for this area through Sunday evening.

Excessive heat over a prolonged period will result in an inceased risk of heat related illness. Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 9-1-1 immediately.

People in the St. Louis Metropolitan area can get information about cooling centers or energy assistance related to the excessive heat by calling the United Way of Greater St. Louis at 800-427-4626. You can also call Cool Down St. Louis at 314-241-7668.

Dangerous Heat Wave for Plains
Cities that will see temperatures rise close to the century mark on at least one day include St. Louis, Kansas City, Omaha, Neb., Dallas, Des Moines, Iowa, Pierre, S.D. and Bismarck, N.D.
Dangerous Heat Wave Forecast for Plains, Midwest This Week
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 26, 2013 - Many areas from the Plains to the Ohio Valley will experience a long-duration and dangerous late-summer heat wave this week under blazing sunshine, according to

The heat will be hitting at a time when many kids are heading back to school and football season is beginning. It will also offer opportunities to get in some late-season swimming.

While lengthening nights during August will bring brief relief, heat can still build up to dangerous levels in urban areas during the afternoon and evening hours.

Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist, reports that poor air quality will be a concern at times, especially in the larger cities. Folks with respiratory problems should avoid being outside of an air-conditioned environment for long periods of time during the heat wave.

Temperatures could be reaching 100 degrees from parts of Nebraska and Kansas to Iowa and Missouri. Cities that will see temperatures rise close to the century mark on at least one day include St. Louis, Kansas City, Omaha, Neb., Dallas, Des Moines, Iowa, Pierre, S.D. and Bismarck, N.D.

In some locations, temperatures will challenge daily record highs, many of which have been on the books since the late 1800s. For many locations across the Plains, the heat could last right through the Labor Day weekend.

Charter Schools in the City of St. Louis Show Success
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 25, 2013 - New test results released by Missouri School Improvement Plan, or MSIP5, prove that charter schools are a strong alternative for a quality, free public education for students in the City of St. Louis.

It's the first year that public schools throughout the state are being evaluated by new standards. State education leaders intend to use three years' worth of testing data to decide on a district's accreditation.

The results for charter schools, in particular, are really encouraging. The MSIP5 charter school results are proof that kids can and want to learn and that educators want to teach and lead in a city where innovation and entrepreneurialism are supported. The result is good education options for families who want to live in the City of St. Louis.

"Families have access to good public schools in a City that is affordable, vibrant and welcoming," said Mayor Francis Slay. "Our kids are our priority, and these results show that our process for approving public charter schools works."

Charter schools are free public schools that operate independent of the St. Louis Public School District. The charter schools supported by Mayor Slay, recognized as quality schools using the MSIP5 standards, are:

  • City Garden Montessori (100)
  • Gateway Science Academy (middle and high schools; 87.9)
  • KIPP Inspire (85.7)
  • North Side Community School (100)
  • St. Louis Language Immersion (French, Spanish and Mandarin schools; 75)
  • Grand Center Arts Academy (middle and high schools; 98)
The Carondelet Leadership Academy (58.6) and Lift for Life Academy (middle and high schools; 68.2), also supported by Mayor Slay, have seen significant gains.

Education is a core component of the Mayor's Sustainability Plan. He has called for opening 20 additional quality, public charter schools over the next five years. Three new charter schools have opened this school year: Lafayette Prep Academy, Gateway Science Academy - Gardenville and EAGLE Preparatory Academy. This brings the total of new schools opened with support of Mayor Slay to 18 since 2006 when he first called for quality charter schools to come to St. Louis. In addition to new and innovative schools, the goal is to replicate performing schools so that other families can have access to quality public schools in their neighborhood.

KTRS Radio Pulls Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Radio Ad
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 25, 2013 - Gov. Jay Nixon has applauded KTRS Radio for pulling down a misleading radio ad in which Texas Gov. Rick Perry criticizes Missouri and endorses House Bill 253, a fiscally irresponsible measure vetoed by Gov. Nixon that would raise taxes on prescription drugs, defund public schools, and jeopardize Missouri's perfect AAA credit rating.

In a statement, KTRS Radio General Manager Mark Dorsey said "we feel the need to stand strong with other small locally owned businesses and defend our region."

Local business groups including the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce and the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City have joined Gov. Nixon in opposition to House Bill 253 because of its negative impact on public education and other vital public services. However, the Missouri of Chamber of Commerce is hosting Gov. Perry at an event next week.

"I applaud KTRS Radio for taking this stand on behalf of Missouri businesses. Once again, Rick Perry needs to get his facts straight," Gov. Nixon said. "Compared with Texas, Missouri has lower sales taxes, lower property taxes and higher student test scores - advantages that continue to attract jobs and investment from global brands like Boeing, Monsanto, General Motors, Ford, Expedia and Cerner. That's why a growing number of local business groups are coming out against the risky experiment that would undermine Missouri's competitive business climate and raise taxes on prescription drugs. Here in Missouri, we will continue to support businesses and grow our economy with proven fiscal stewardship and smart, strategic investments."

Accidental Release of Customer Information at Missouri Credit Union
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 25, 2013 - Attorney General Chris Koster has warned consumers to be alert following the recent notice from Missouri Credit Union that credit union member information was accessible for a short time this summer on the Credit UnionŐs website. Consumers should diligently monitor their accounts, and immediately contact the Credit Union if they notice unusual activity.

Koster said his office became aware of the unintended glitch by a credit union member, and contacted Missouri Credit Union. Officials at the credit union assured his office that the information was available only for a short time, and that the credit union fixed the problem as soon as it was identified. The Credit Union also, as required by law, notified its approximately 39,000 members, as well as the former members whose personal information was available online.

Koster said criminals use the information of consumers to commit identity theft or financial identity theft. In identity theft, a criminal uses the personal information of another to obtain services using the name of the victim or to create false identities using victim information. For example, a criminal could use victim information to get a fake ID or obtain insurance. A criminal could also reroute the victim's mail. In instances of financial identity theft, the criminal uses the information of others to open accounts, access accounts of the victim, or obtain credit.

The Attorney General's Office advised that members of Missouri Credit Union may wish to consider closing existing accounts and reopening with a new account number.

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