The Dog Days of September limp on, with a heat index in the mid-90s almost every day into Saturday. If you're heading off to the State Fair stay hydrated and take plenty of breaks. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
U.S. construction spending hit a new postrecession high in July, reinforcing the industry's position as a pillar of the economy. Total construction activity rose in July to a seasonally adjusted rate of $1.08 trillion, a 0.7 percent increase from the revised June spending of $1.07 trillion, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Summer hasn't run out of gas, not yet. Daytime highs surge into the 80s into Sunday, possibly Monday - odds are Canadian relief will stall to our northwest, keeping us on the sticky side of a front - and the northern edge of a sprawling heat wave - for roughly the next week. Great fun. A few T-storms are in the forecast, especially northern Minnesota, but with planning (and luck) you may just salvage an OK holiday weekend. On paper.