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Daily brief (6/1): Top picks from the Springfield media

Chance of thunderstormToday will be mostly sunny, although a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms remains in the forecast for the day. High will be 86.

The rest of the week will remain clear and hot, with highs in the 90s.

Joplin updates

  • KY3: ‘Join in for Joplin’ fundraiser scheduled for Thursday. NASCAR’s Jamic McMurray and several bands will be on hand Thursday as part of a fundraiser taking place all day in the parking lot of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Springfield (1935 S. Campbell Ave.). The money raised will go to Convoy of Hope.
  • News-Leader: FEMA seeks rental homes for residents left homeless. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will first look for homes within a 55-mile radius of Joplin before bringing in rental trailers for those left homeless by the May tornado.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Debris removal to begin in Joplin today. The city will begin clearing debris from public streets and curbsides.
  • KSPR: At least 56 people arrested for looting after tornado. Joplin police say looting is not a problem, but at least 56 have been arrested for stealing from damaged sites.
  • KSMU: Red Cross expanding help efforts in Joplin. The American Red Cross is trying to get supplies to the hardest-hit areas of Joplin and has been supplying 2,000 meals a day.

Other picks

  • OzarksFirst: MoDOT looks ahead to budget cuts. The Missouri Department of Transportation will submit its five-year plan that contains millions in cuts and calls for cutting 1,200 positions on June 8.
  • News-Leader: Sequiota Park undergoing $1.8 million renovation. The park in southwest Springfield, first built in 1959, featured several new bridges and a rehabilitated creek channel.
  • KY3: Medieval fortress under way in Lead Hill, Ark. Stone masons and other craftsmen are using medieval techniques to build the Ozark Medieval Fortress, a 20-year project now in its second year of construction.
  • KSPR: Springfield sewer rates going up. The Springfield City Council is considering a proposal that would double sewer rates over the next five years. The increases are needed to upgrade the city’s wastewater treatment facilities.

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