Daily brief (8/1): Top picks from the Springfield media

We’ve moved from a heat advisory to an excessive heat warning, which will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The lengthy heat wave increases the likelihood of heat-related illnesses. If you must be outside, drink plenty of fluids and take frequent breaks.

Today will be sunny and hot, with a high of 102. The heat index will push the temperature to desert-like temperatures of 110. Tomorrow and Wednesday will be have similar highs.

Debt-ceiling agreement

Congressional leaders and President Obama have reached a tentative deal to raise the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion, with the requirement of offsetting cuts over the next decade. A vote is expected today.

Interested in your voice being heard? Contact your representative and senators:

  • Sen. Roy Blunt (Web). Phone: (202) 224-5721
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill (Web). Phone: (202) 224-6154

Here are the House districts for Ozarkers:

  • Rep. Vicky Hartzler, 4th District (including Webster, Dade, and northern Polk counties): (Web) Phone: (202) 225-2876
  • Rep. Billy Long, 7th District (including Greene, Christian, western Taney, Stone, Lawrence, and southern Polk counties): (Web) Phone: (202) 225-6536
  • Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, 8th District (including eastern Taney, Ozark, and Douglas counties): (Web) Phone: (202) 225-4404

Top picks

  • KSPR: Springfield’s traffic system hits bump before going live. The city of Springfield still has to lay seven miles of fiberoptic cable before the new Advanced Traffic Management System can be turned on.
  • News-Leader: Proposal to allow more signs downtown under consideration. A proposal on its way to the Springfield City Council would allow lighted signs and more than one projecting sign per building in the center-city area.
  • OzarksFirst: Free immunization clinics available. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is hosting free back-to-school immunization clinics for residents.
  • KY3: Cicadas may be affecting Missouri trees. The Missouri Department of Conservation says wilted, brown leaves may be caused by cicadas, not heat.
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