100-degree days piling up in Midwest, South

Posted July 11, 2011, at 9:35 p.m.

DALLAS — The temperature setting is stuck on broil across a swath of the Midwest and South, with Dallas and Oklahoma City sweltering through 100-degree heat for at least 10 days in a row.

Forecasters warned Monday that the extreme heat could continue for most of the week and perhaps beyond.

Heat advisories and excessive-heat warnings were issued Monday for 17 states in the Midwest and South. For Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued heat advisories for much of the East Coast, from Georgia to Connecticut, where temperatures are expected in the upper 90s but will feel as hot as 105 because of the humidity.

Hutchinson, Kan., had reached 103 by Monday afternoon after hitting a scorching 112 on Sunday. The mercury hit 99 in Joplin, Mo., by the afternoon after topping out Sunday at 106, breaking the record of 104 for the date, set in 1980.

Oklahoma City has hit 100 degrees or higher — 110 on Saturday — every day since June 29, including Monday, making it 13 in a row. The record there is 22 consecutive days of 100 degree-plus weather, set in 1936.

Dallas recorded its 10th straight day of 100-degree weather Monday.

16-pound baby born in Texas

LONGVIEW, Texas — Janet Johnson on Monday remained in an East Texas hospital after giving birth to what her doctors called one of the biggest newborns they’ve ever seen: 16 pounds, 1 ounce.

Johnson, 39, was awaiting word on whether her son, JaMichael Brown, ranked among the biggest births in state history.

JaMichael was born Friday at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. Johnson has gestational diabetes, which results in bigger newborns for many mothers. Doctors had estimated JaMichael would be around 12 pounds prior to the cesarean birth.

The hospital has asked the state’s vital records department whether JaMichael is big enough to approach any Texas newborn records. A hospital spokeswoman said he was born almost two years to the day after the hospital delivered its smallest baby ever, who weighed just 15 ounces.

Guinness World Records says the heaviest newborn ever recorded weighed 23 pounds, 12 ounces, born to an Ohio woman in 1879.

Adolescent birth rates, preterm births and adolescent injury deaths declining, report says

LOS ANGELES — The rate of births among teenagers, preterm births, injury deaths for teens and binge drinking are all declining, according to a government report issued last week. But more young teens are using illicit drugs, more are likely to be living in poverty and fewer have parents who are working full-time, according to the report, “America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2011.”

The report was compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, a working group of 22 federal agencies that collect, analyze and disseminate data on issues relating to children and families.

Last year, according to the report, there were 74.2 million children 17 or younger in the U.S., about 24 percent of the population. About 54 percent of those children were Caucasian, but that proportion is expected to drop below half by 2023. By 2050, whites will account for only 38 percent of U.S. children; Hispanics will account for 39 percent.

In 2009, the rate of births among adolescents ages 15 to 17 was 20.1 per 1,000, down from 21.7 per 1,000 the previous year and 22.1 per 1,000 in 2007. The decreases continued a decline that has been apparent since 1991, briefly interrupted in 2005-07.

The percentage of infants born preterm dropped slightly to 12.2 percent, down from a high of 12.8 percent in 2006. The proportion of high school seniors who reported having five or more alcoholic beverages in a row in the previous two weeks dropped from 25 percent in 2009 to 23 percent in 2010. The rate of injury-related deaths, perhaps coincidentally, dropped from 44 per 100,000 in 2008 to 29 per 100,000 in 2009.

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