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Daily brief (5/18): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be partly sunny, with a high of 69.

A chance of showers and thunderstorms moves into the forecast tonight, and rain chances continue into the weekend. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy and warmer, with a high of 76.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Fireworks to light up downtown July 2. The city of Springfield will be celebrating the Fourth of July with a planned fireworks display called Fireworks at the Field on July 2 at Hammons Field downtown. The stadium will open at 3 p.m. with live music. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst, KSMU, KSPR)
  • KSPR: Ozarks National Scenic Riverways among nation’s most endangered rivers. The environmental group American Rivers says the Ozarks riverways, which includes the Current, Jack’s Fork, and Eleven Point rivers, says too many people are using the rivers and leaving trash behind.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Engineers warn of more flooding in Taney County. Up to five more inches of rain is possible this weekend, which could flood already saturated areas. (Other coverage: KSMU, KY3)
  • KSPR: Congressman Long in town today. Rep. Billy Long will be pumping gas and talking about rising gas prices from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. today at the Rapid Roberts at 3351 E. Sunshine St.
  • OzarksFirst: Sparta city clerk’s resignation fuels turmoil. The resignation of Sparta’s city clerk comes as many citizens have expressed their frustration at the management of the Christian County town.
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