Daily brief (6/2): Top picks from the Springfield media

Mostly sunnySummer has arrived.

Today will be mostly sunny, with a high of 89. Heat indices could reach as high as 93, although a south wind of 7 to 13 mph should keep the air from getting too thick.

It looks as though it will be a great weekend for hitting the pool, as skies remain sunny and temperatures stay in the 90s.

Joplin coverage

  • News-Leader: Event today to benefit tornado victims. John Anderson and NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray will be among the celebrities on hand today for Join In For Joplin at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World (1935 S. Campbell Ave.). (Other coverage: KY3)
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: 134 confirmed dead, none unaccounted for. The Missouri Department of Public Safety has completed its search of debris and damage, and has accounted for all those missing after last week’s tornado.
  • KSMU: Joplin looks to volunteers for help in rebuilding. The United Way has set up a 211 line and a Web site for those interested in helping.
  • KSPR: Governor announces temporary jobs plan. The state of Missouri will be hiring 400 people over the next two weeks in Joplin to help with cleanup and humanitarian efforts to help boost the local economy.
  • KY3: Missouri attorney general to open mortgage-help office. Attorney General Chris Koster plans on opening an office in Joplin to assist homeowners who lost their homes with mortgage issues.

Other picks

  • KSPR: Springfield schools awards exclusive beverage contract. Springfield Public Schools has awarded a beverage contract to Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Co. The company will pay the district $350,000 over the life of the contract, including a $212,500 upfront donation.
  • News-Leader: Former CU manager gets new job in retirement. Former City Utilities General Manager John Twitty, who just retired from the Springfield municipal utility, will become executive director of the Transmission Access Policy Study Group.
  • OzarksFirst: Ozarks sees biggest spike in HIV/AIDS in 11 years. The AIDS Project of the Ozarks has reported the highest increase in new cases since 1999.
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