Daily brief (7/24): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be partly sunny and hot, with a high of 95. But there’s a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, which may bring relief to parched grass and plants. Still, the heat index is expected to top 100 once again today.

The heat advisory for the Ozarks remains in effect through at least tonight.

Rain chances drop to 20 percent tomorrow, and then the heat wave continues into next week.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: Community in mourning after discovery of remains. With the discovery of skeletal remains in Taney County, family members of Russell and Rebecca Porter have begun to mourn, and authorities hope to get one step closer to solving the case. (Other coverage: News-Leader, KY3, KSPR)
  • KSPR: Joplin missing more than $1 million worth of trees. The May 22 tornado stripped dozens of trees of their bark and uprooted others, but hot weather and construction is hampering Joplin —  a Tree City USA designee — from replanting.
  • News-Leader: Ozark Empire Fair celebrates 75 years. The Ozark Empire Fair, located at the fairgrounds at 3001 N. Grant Ave., begins July 29 and runs through Aug. 7.
  • OzarksFirst: Kids get back-to-school help. Nixa First Assembly provided haircuts and shoes to many needy children in the area.



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