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Heat Advisory Extended Through Tuesday

IL (AP) -- Heat advisory remains in effect until 7:00pm CDT Tuesday. Dangerous heat index values will peak between noon and 6:00pm today and Tuesday. The heat index today will range from 105 to 110 degrees in the afternoon hours with locally higher values. Tuesday afternoon, the heat index should be around 105.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke may come on quickly with any exertion. 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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American Legion holds Veterans Job Fair

Updated: Monday, July 14 2014, 10:20 AM CDT
Vets helping vets was the goal of a veterans job fair at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

More than 60 potential employers set up booths, with applications at the ready.

Nationwide in 2013 - the most recent stats available - 6.6 percent of veterans were unemployed. That goes up to about 9 percent for vets who served after 9/11.

Miatthew Faust, a four-year Navy veteran with a college degree, said he's been looking for a job, for a while.

"But they tell you constantly in the military, 'when you get out, people love veterans,' but it's been a two year search for me. I've even tried the federal realm, and it's really hard to find a decent gig," he said.

Ever hopeful, he said, "But these people here, they act like they want to hire. So hopefully something will work out for me."

The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs has employment opportunities here. American Legion holds Veterans Job Fair

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