Daily brief (8/2): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today is expected to be the hottest day of the year, with a high hitting 107. The heat index could hit as high as 112.

An excessive heat warning has been extended through Thursday, with little chance of rain on Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures are expected to remain in triple digits for the week.

Some cattle farmers have had to begin dipping into hay supplies, and some Ozarks roads are buckling in the heat, according to the News-Leader.

Top picks

  • OzarksFirst: Special elections in some areas today. Among the decisions on some ballots today: Should Texas County join the area for Ozarks Technical Community College? Should the Lebanon mayor be recalled? Should the city of Monett approve $12 million in sewer and water bonds?
  • News-Leader: Springfield crime report reflects shift. The total number of crimes for the first six months remained unchanged for Springfield, although the report reflects a shift — from violent crime to property crime.
  • KY3: Joplin debris cleanup almost complete. As the Aug. 7 deadline looms, contractors are working to finish the debris cleanup in Joplin.
  • KSPR: State awards $892,000 in drug-fighting grants. The Missouri Department of Public Safety is providing more than $892,000 in grants to Ozarks law-enforcement agencies to help them fight drug-related crime. Drug task forces including the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force in Barry County and the Combined Ozarks Multijurisdictional Enforcement Team (COMET) in Greene County were the primary recipients.
  • KSMU: How safe is downtown Springfield? Police officials say pro-active enforcement has helped curtail problems with crime in the center-city area.
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