Daily brief (3/18): Top picks from the Springfield media

Chance of thunderstormsToday will be mostly cloudy, with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. High will be near 64.

Thunderstorm chances increase tomorrow, to 40 percent. It will be cloudy, with a high of 59.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: James River Assembly cancels ‘I Love America’ celebration. The cancellation leaves Springfield without a large fireworks display for the Fourth of July holiday. (Other coverage: KSPR
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Branson named a top family destination. Trip Advisor, a major travel Web site, picked Branson as one of the nation’s best destinations for families.
  • KSMU: CFO reaches $100 million milestone. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has reached the $100 million mark in grants and donations.
  • KSPR: Athletics icon Edsel Matthews retiring. Matthews, head of athletics at Drury University, will be retiring June 1. He has a long history in athletics in the Springfield area. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • OzarksFirst: Lebanon soldiers returning from Iraq. An 11-member section of the Missouri National Guard’s 135th Aviation Battalion returned home Thursday night.
  • KY3: Ava playground project gains national attention. The woman trying to raise funds for a playground project in Ava is a semifinalist for a Keep Going award from Energizer.



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