Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Metro Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Metro Digest

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ST. LOUIS > Record temperature matched * For the second time in three days, St. Louis saw record temperatures Friday.

The city tied its record high of 95 degrees at 1:57 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The record was set in 1956.

The heat wave comes on the first day of fall, which officially began with the autumnal equinox at 3:02 p.m.

On Wednesday, the temperature in the city broke a record high at 97 degrees, one degree over the 96 degrees that had been the high for the date since 1940.

The Weather Service said the above-average temperatures are expected to continue through the weekend. Highs are likely to hit the mid-90s through Saturday and climb to 90 or above on Sunday. (Erin Heffernan)

State workers to be tested for tick-borne disease * The ongoing investigation into tick-borne diseases at Meramec State Park has expanded to include blood testing of some state park employees, health officials said this week.

Investigators with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will check for evidence of Bourbon virus infection in the workers' blood.

Tamela Wilson, Meramec State Park's assistant superintendent, died June 23 from complications of the virus, a rare disease thought to be carried by ticks.

Thousands of ticks were collected from the park in June and shipped to the CDC in Atlanta for disease testing.

There have only been a handful of confirmed cases of Bourbon virus, which was discovered in 2014 after a man living in Bourbon County in eastern Kansas came down with flu-like symptoms and died after being bitten by ticks.

Scientists have not definitively traced the virus to tick bites, although it is highly likely because of the patients' histories of tick bites and the virus' similarity to the tick-borne Heartland virus, discovered in Missouri in 2009. The symptoms of Bourbon virus include fever, headache, body aches, rash and fatigue.

While there is no vaccine or treatment for the virus, it is extremely rare and does not constitute a public health threat, experts said. (Blythe Bernhard)

ARNOLD > Gas purchases must be prepaid * Drivers in Arnold will have to pay in advance or pay at the pump for fuel under a measure passed by the City Council on Thursday night. …

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