Students overcome by heat at outdoor Mass

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - More than a dozen students have been taken to local hospitals after being overcome by the heat during an outdoor Mass.
   
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports students were gathered Monday morning for an All-City Catholic Schools Mass in an outdoor football stadium. Temperatures were near 90 degrees.
   
Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin says eight students were taken to St. John's Hospital and eight others were taken to Memorial Medical Center. Parents of other students took them home for the day.
   
The students were from grades three through eight. They, along with teachers and staff, were gathered to pray for a successful school year.

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