Daily brief (4/30): Top picks from the Springfield media

Chance of thunderstormsRain moves back into the forecast this evening, with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m. Today’s high will be 74.

It will remain mostly cloudy tonight, and rain and thunderstorms are likely after 1 p.m. Sunday. Tomorrow will be cooler, with highs in the mid 50s.

The Ozarks hasn’t completely recovered from the flooding of the past week. Several neighborhoods in the Branson area remain underwater (Other coverage: KY3), and Springfield’s sewer system struggled under the weight of all the stormwater. A flood warning remains in effect for parts of Barry, Stone, and Taney counties.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Greene County sheriff talks about two major cases. Sheriff Jim Arnott is seeking help for two major unsolved crimes his office is investigating: The disappearance of Russell and Rebecca Porter of Republic, and the murders of Helen and Donald Willingham. (Other coverage: KY3, OzarksFirst)
  • News-Leader: Raises, hiring in city manager’s budget. The $70 million budget proposed by Springfield City Manager Greg Burris includes salary raises for many employees. Though the budget is $3.3 million larger than last year’s, it is still not as much as the budget before the economic downturn of 2008.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Musicians trying to save iconic downtown blues club. Nathan P. Murphy’s, which has been in downtown Springfield for more than 30 years, faces foreclosure without help. Last night, musicians held a special concert to raise thousands of dollars for the club.
  • KSMU: Descendants of U.S. presidents flock to Marshfield. Marshfield’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival has one addition unusual for an Ozarks town fest: a number of direct descendants of U.S. presidents on the guest list.
  • KY3: City Utilities board could choose new leader Monday. Springfield Board of Public Utilities has scheduled a closed meeting at 2 p.m. Monday.
  • OzarksFirst: Six-lane widening of Campbell Avenue moving forward. Republic Road will drop down to one lane as the widening of Campbell Avenue hits full stride next week.

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