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6:23 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Newscast for Jan. 8, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Rep. Hartzler opens office in Columbia, talks spending cuts and Hagel
  • New Mo. GOP chair plans more aggressive approach
  • 2012 was record warm year in much of Missouri

Weather
5:01 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

2012 was record warm year in much of Missouri

Hot child in Missouri.
Credit jetsandzeppelins / Flickr

If you're a Missourian and felt hot under the collar last year, there is good reason.

The National Weather Service says 2012 was the warmest year on record in St. Louis and Columbia, and was among the warmest in other cities.

St. Louis recorded an average temperature of 61.2 degrees for last year, a full 1.1 degrees higher than the previous mark set in 1921.

In Columbia, the average temperature of 59.4 degrees topped the 1938 record.

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Education
5:41 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Heat continues to force Columbia schools to release early

The late summer heat has some Columbia schools ending class early.

Wednesday will be the eighth time -- since the school year began less than a month ago -- that some students at Columbia public schools are dismissed early because of the heat.

Jefferson and West Junior High schools don’t have air conditioning. Five Columbia elementary schools had units installed during the summer. But, Michelle Baumstark, spokesperson for Columbia Public Schools, says it may take more than a year to complete the remaining two schools.

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Weather
7:57 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Report shows Midwest is heating up

jetsandzeppelins Flickr

According to a new study, the Midwest is getting hotter. With this summer's record-breaking temperatures, that probably doesn't sound like news.

But a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists shows our hot weather isn't an anomaly - things have been heating up across the Midwest for the past six decades.

The study found that on average, some Midwestern cities like St. Louis now have twice the number of very hot, humid, summer days as it did in the 1940s. Nighttime temperatures are also on the rise, and heat waves of three or more days are becoming more common.

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Weather
5:13 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Drought causes Missouri state of emergency

jetsandzeppelins Flickr

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared an emergency because of the recent drought.

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Weather
5:41 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

NOAA predicts dry, hot weather will linger

bredgur Flickr

Federal weather forecasters predict the unusually hot dry weather that has gripped much of the nation will linger into fall, especially for the parched heartland.

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Agriculture
5:15 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Hoop barns becoming more common in Midwest

Brent Bryant, managing director of Beef Hoop Systems, keeps cattle under a hoop barn at his company's research farm
Rick Frederickson for Harvest Public Media

Crops are not the only things wilting in the sweltering summer of 2012; cattle, the largest animals, on the farm are also under stress.

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Weather
9:40 am
Wed July 18, 2012

24 heat deaths in Missouri since June

jetsandzeppelins Flickr

The death of an 89-year-old St. Louis County man is blamed on the heat, bringing the number of heat-related deaths in Missouri to 24 since June.

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Weather
10:13 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Water use on the rise in Columbia

florian flickr

Columbia Water and Light says its customer’s water use is up this summer, amid hot and dry weather over the last few weeks.

The Department saw a significant increase in water use in June compared to June of last year. Spokesperson Connie Kacprowicz says in July there’s already been 20 million gallons of water used in Columbia most days, even getting as high as 23 million gallons a day.

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Weather
12:11 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Columbia asks for less water use while it repairs equipment

Florian Flickr

Columbia Water and Light is asking its customers to cut down on their water use between now and 6 o’ clock Saturday morning.

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Weather
8:43 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Mo. AG reminds residents of hot weather rule

Attorney General Chris Koster
Attorney General's Office

Missouri residents are encouraged to call a state consumer hotline for help if their electricity is shut off during the current heat wave because they couldn't pay the bill.

The state's hot weather rule forbids utilities from disconnecting electrical services when temperatures are projected to be higher than 95 degrees, or the heat index is expected to exceed 100 degrees.

Temperatures above both thresholds are expected to continue through the weekend and much of the summer in the Midwest.

Agriculture
8:55 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Crops hurting in dry, hot weather

molamoni Flickr

High heat and a lack of rain have taken a big toll on Missouri corn and soybean crops, with nearly half of both reported in poor to very poor condition.

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Weather
8:24 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Cooling centers provide escape from the heat

The hot summer sun
jetsandzeppelins Flickr

Triple-digit temperatures with heat advisories and excessive heat warnings continue today, throughout much of the state. 

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Weather
4:14 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Fire in Mark Twain forest underscores Mo. heat threat

Fire concerns are widening in southeast Missouri as crews battle a 550-acre blaze in the Mark Twain National Forest.

Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday ordered the Missouri National Guard to get ready to assist with firefighting efforts. The fire broke out Thursday in a section of the 1.5-million-acre forest located in Iron County, and the governor's office says about 2,000 additional acres are at risk.

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Weather
5:57 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Columbia cooling centers provide relief from the heat

Krissy Venosdale Flickr

As temperatures heat up throughout Boone County the Department of Health and Human Services is making sure everyone can cool down when they need to. The department established nine cooling centers in Columbia that serve as an air conditioned place where people can go when they need relief from the heat. Public Information Officer Genalee Alexander says the centers are located in convenient locations.

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