Daily brief (6/23): Top picks from the Springfield media

The first official week of summer will continue to be nice: Sunny, with a high of 86.

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms moves into the forecast late tonight, and rain chances will linger through Saturday. The heat returns over the weekend, with highs headed above 90.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: FEMA working to assist Joplin victims. The agency has 9,800 registrations for assistance, and has awarded $13.6 million in grants. (Other Joplin coverage: Construction hold hits hard: OzarksFirst; Temporary housing going up: KY3)
  • KSPR: Branson’s largest theater up for auction. The Grand Palace, built in 1992, will be sold at auction after the ownership company defaulted on its loan.
  • KY3: Nixa police: Man reportedly tried to get girls into van. Wednesday afternoon, Nixa police received a report that a man wearing a baseball cap tried to lure two girls into his red van. (Other coverage: KSPR, OzarksFirst)
  • OzarksFirst: Playground designed by kids going up today. A new playground designed by kids is going up today in north Springfield at the Fulbright housing development.
  • KSMU: Movies at Founders Park are back. Summer movies will be showing at downtown Springfield’s Founders Park, with showings on Friday and Saturday nights. Admission without ticket packs is $5 per person; children 5 and under can get in for free.
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