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Heat Advisory Extended Through Monday

IL (AP) -- Heat advisory remains in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon to 7:00pm CDT Monday. Dangerous levels of heat and humidity will occur from this afternoon through Monday afternoon. Heat index values will peak from 100 to 107 degrees in the afternoon hours with high temperatures in the low to mid 90s and dew points in the 70s.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness. The very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities will be the most susceptible. Also car interiors will reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Beat the heat, check the backseat! Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 9-1-1.
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, and stay out of the sun. And check up on relatives and neighbors.

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Pleasant Plains Implements New Water Tax

Updated: Tuesday, June 3 2014, 05:27 PM CDT
PLEASANT PLAINS -- Residents in Pleasant Plains will be paying a little more for some items starting next month.

This is a voter-approved 1 percent sales tax increase, designed to help fund a new $1.2 million water tower. City officials say their current water tower dates back to the 1950s. And it doesn't meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements for height and capacity.

The new tower will stand about 10 feet taller, and have a capacity of about 200,000 gallons, holding more water and increasing the water pressure. According to the mayor, residents were open to this increase.

"When we presented I sent a letter out to them explaining that our major thrust for this sales tax increase would be to put in a new water tower which in turn would be better service to the community," Mayor Jim Verkuilen said.

The increase goes into effect July 1. The sales tax will change from 6.25 percent to 7.25 percent, which is expected to bring in an extra $48,000 a year. The village still has to take out a $1.25 million loan to complete the project. Pleasant Plains Implements New Water Tax

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