Centreville -- Authorities in Centreville are trying to figure out exactly what caused the death of the southwestern Illinois community's police dog, but the police chief says the recent heat wave appears to be to blame. The German shepherd joined the Centreville Police Department last fall. Centreville Police Chief Steven Brown says he hasn't yet received an official medical report, but he says "it does appear the heat got to him." Brown says officials will work to figure out what led up to Altof needing emergency medical care. Brown says Altof will be cremated and given a fitting burial.
Lincoln -- Central Illinois will get a reprieve from the stifling heat that has blanketed much of the country from the Midwest to the East Coast. National Weather Service in Lincoln says temperatures will be in the 80s in Macon County this week, with the potential to reach the lower 90s. The heat of the past several days has been blamed for at least 46 deaths across the country, including an estimated 20 deaths in Illinois.
Springfield -- State transportation officials are starting a safety campaign aimed at curbing the number of traffic deaths. Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider is launching a statewide digital message board campaign today that will feature traffic safety messages. Officials say the message boards will feature the daily traffic fatality count and safety slogans.