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Daily brief (7/29): Top picks from the Springfield media

It will be another hot, sunny day in the Ozarks, but a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms enters the forecast after 1 p.m. today.

A heat advisory remains in effect, with a high of 95 expected. The heat index could reach 102. Rain chances will stay through tomorrow, but the heat wave will continue through next week.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Remains identified as Willard woman. Southwest Forensics of Nixa has matched one set of remains found in Taney County with dental remains of Rebecca Porter of Willard. She and her husband, Russell, have been missing since April. (Other coverage: KY3, KSPR, OzarksFirst)
  • OzarksFirst: Ozark Empire Fair opens today. The 75th annual Ozark Empire Fair opens today at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in north Springfield. The fairgrounds open at 11 a.m., and the midway rides begin running at 1 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • KY3: Smoking ban ‘worst-case scenario’ not happening in Springfield. Some businesses say the number of customers has not tapered off dramatically since Springfield’s smoking ban went into effect.
  • News-Leader: Tent city serves as home to dozens in Joplin. Many victims of the May 22 tornado that hit Joplin have taken refuge in an impromptu tent city that has popped up in Joplin.
  • KSMU: Tool-lending library gives residents access to equipment. The Urban Neighborhoods Alliance has created the Tool Box, a place where residents can borrow lawn equipment and tools to take care of their houses and yards.
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