Daily brief (6/27): Top picks from the Springfield media

There’s a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m. today. It will be mostly sunny and hot, with a high of 94. Heat indexes are expected to approach 100.

Rain chances improve tonight, and tomorrow will be a little cooler but still sunny, with a high of 86.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Branson benefit rakes in pledges for Joplin. The Branson Cares for Joplin concert and telethon raised more than $175,000 in pledges to help victims of the Joplin tornado. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • News-Leader: Missouri State University to make important announcement. University officials released a statement yesterday saying an announcement is scheduled for 9 a.m. today to “deal with important issues related to the future of the university.” (Other coverage: OzarksFirst, KSPR)
  • News-Leader: Cigarette tax proposal exempts big tobacco companies. A proposal for an additional cigarette tax would target lower-priced cigarettes created by smaller tobacco companies.

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