Daily brief (6/29): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be mostly sunny, with a high of 91. Heat indexes are expected to hit 99.

An excessive heat watch will be in effect from Thursday afternoon to Saturday evening, as temperatures are expected to rise above 95 in the days ahead. Hot temperatures will remain into next week.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Smart open to future MSU candidacy. Clif Smart, interim president of Missouri State University, is open to becoming the university’s 11th president. This week, President James Cofer announced his resignation from the post.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Springfield company adding 131 jobs. PROformance Powertrain Products announced yesterday it will be adding 131 jobs to its remanufacturing plant at 2720 N. Airport Commerce Ave. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • KY3: Attorney general shuts down breeder in Lawrence County. Moser Kennel has been accused of violating Missouri’s new dog-breeder law. Among the violations listed by the state: failing to provide clean water, failing to remove animal waste and inadequate veterinary care. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • News-Leader: Report pinpoints 1,100 blighted acres. A new report finds that 1,100 acres throughout the city of Springfield remain legally blighted — which can lead to tax abatements to encourage development.
  • News-Leader: Springfield schools approve $208 million budget. The Springfield School District’s budget includes raises for staff for the first time in two years. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst, KY3, KSPR)
  • KSPR: Marshfield fire district considers private water sources. The Marshfield Fire Protection District is looking for backyard water sources to help improve insurance ratings.

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