Daily brief (5/10): Top picks from the Springfield media

It will be another summer day in May today, with partly sunny skies and a high of 90.

Tonight, the clouds roll in, bringing a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Tomorrow will be another warm one, with a high in the mid-80s and a 40 percent chance of precipitation. Rain chances continue through Friday, when temperatures should cool off to more seasonable highs in the 70s.

Today’s picks

  • KY3: President Obama issues disaster declaration. The president named Taney County among five Missouri counties eligible for federal disaster assistance because of the recent flooding. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst, KSPR)
  • News-Leader: Company expands, adding 140 jobs. Gold Mountain Communications, a telemarketing company for the travel industry, will nearly double in size, adding jobs that pay an average of $15 an hour. (Other coverage: KY3, KSPR, KSMU)
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Plant experts warn of re-emerging Japanese beetles. Experts offer a variety of solutions but say bags that attract the beetles don’t work for eliminating the garden pests.
  • News-Leader: Springfield teachers will vote on contract. For the first time, Springfield’s teachers will consider whether to approve or reject a contract from the district reached through collective bargaining.
  • KY3: Springfield sales-tax revenue increases in May. Sales-tax revenue for Springfield in May was up 5.5 percent from May 2010. For the fiscal year to date, the city is up 2 percent over the previous year.
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