Daily brief (7/31): Top picks from the Springfield media

Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible today. Otherwise, it will be mostly sunny and hot, with a high of 98. The heat index is expected to reach 102.

Today’s 20 percent chance of precipitation is the last chance we’ll have for the next few days. Tomorrow will be another hot one, with a high of 98.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: City of Springfield pays out more in settlement claims. The city of Springfield paid fewer claims to settle disputes with residents, but the claims were larger. The city has paid out more than $600,000 in claims during the first six months of 2011.
  • OzarksFirst: Patrol urges water safety as fatalities rise. The Missouri Water Patrol reports 14 people have died on Missouri waterways this year, nine in the last seven days.
  • KSPR: Springfield fire under investigation. A vacant building next to Archie’s Bar on Glenstone Avenue caught fire. No one was hurt, and investigators are examining the cause. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst, KY3)
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