Daily brief (7/30): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be partly sunny and hot, although there will be a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

The heat advisory for the area has been extended through Wednesday, with today’s high expected to hit 95. The heat index will hit 101. Rain chances dissipate after today, however, and the rest of the week will be very hot.

Today’s picks

  • KSMU: Joplin debris removal 80 percent complete. Joplin residents are envisioning the future, with 80 percent of the debris removed from the May 22 tornado. (Other Joplin recovery coverage: News-Leader; OzarksFirst; KSPR)
  • News-Leader: Four teens charged for setting fire to hay bales. Four Republic teens — Quinton Bailey, 17, Charles L. Bernard, 17, Adam B. Cockrell, 18, and Richard A. Tribby, 17 — each face four counts of “knowingly burning,” a felony similar to but less severe than arson. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst, KSPR)
  • KY3: Heat drying up utility-assistance funds. Some groups that provide utility assistance are running out of funds because of needs caused by the excessive heat.
  • OzarksFirst: Grand Palace sale falls through. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has relisted the Grand Palace for sale after a previous sale fell through.
  • News-Leader: GOP lawmakers criticize Nietzel hiring. Some Republican lawmakers have criticized Gov. Jay Nixon for hiring former Missouri State University President Michael Nietzel to a $100,000-a-year post.
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