Daily brief (8/4): Top picks from the Springfield media

Overnight rains won’t help bring down the heat index today.

It will be partly sunny but still hot, with a high of 98. The heat index could hit as high as 108. But there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today.

An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 7 tonight.

A chance of showers and thunderstorms remains tomorrow, but it will be another hot one, with a high of 97.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Many Springfield schools fail to meet federal progress guidelines. Only 12 of 51 Springfield school made adequate yearly progress, according to federal guidelines. But school officials say the “snapshot” approach of No Child Left Behind doesn’t accurately reflect how well students are learning. (Other coverage: KY3, OzarksFirst, KSPR)
  • OzarksFirst: Springfield company helps Joplin band play again. Palen Music Center is shipping instruments for use by the Joplin High School band.
  • KY3: Increasing costs at the Greene County Jail. An increased jail population with mental-health issues is contributing to higher costs at the Greene County Jail.
  • KSMU: CU able to handle the summer load. An additional power-generating unit has helped City Utilities keep the power running, even through the heat wave.
  • News-Leader: Sales-tax holiday begins Friday. This weekend, the state of Missouri will waive sales tax on certain back-to-school items. The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

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