Daily brief (7/3): Top picks from the Springfield media

There’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today; otherwise, it will be mostly sunny, with a high of 93.

Rain chances will linger through next week. Tomorrow, skies will be partly sunny, with a high of 92.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Celebrations continue through Monday. Some cities, such as Branson and Marshfield, will have fireworks displays today, while some towns will celebrate the Fourth of July on the holiday.
  • News-Leader: Consolidation has helped Fort Leonard Wood. The Phelps County military base, located on 63,000 acres, has seen $688 million worth of construction since 2008, as military consolidation has brought many new training programs to the Army fort.
  • KSPR: Joplin schools progressing. The Joplin School District has set up its first modular classrooms at Washington Elementary School. (Other Joplin coverage: Donations and school improvements helping Joplin: OzarksFirst)
  • KSMU: Foundation gives support to veterans. The Our House Foundation provides assistance to returning veterans and their families who may be working through post-traumatic stress disorder, financial problems, or other issues as they return to civilian life.
  • News-Leader: Willard board to vote on gun ordinance. After some threats, the Willard Board of Aldermen is considering an ordinance that would allow the mayor, council members, department heads, and other city officials to carry concealed guns on city property as long as they have a conceal-and-carry permit.
  • KY3: Thieves knock out phone service. People trying to steal copper wiring knocked out phone service in part of northwestern Greene County. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
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