Daily brief (8/6): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be mostly sunny and hot, but there is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High will be 100, with a heat index of 106 possible.

An excessive heat warning remains in effect through 7 p.m. Sunday. Prolonged exposure can lead to heat-related illnesses.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Hospitals dispute mortality data. Federal hospital data show several local institutions including St. John’s and Cox have mortality rates higher than elsewhere in the state for heart attacks and pneumonia. But the hospitals say there are issues with how the data are compiled.
  • OzarksFirst: OTC signs online agreement with Mizzou. Nursing and arts students from Ozarks Technical Community College now have a chance to work on their degree through the University of Missouri’s online program. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • KY3: Dog breeder shut down by state. Shirley Gilbert, a dog breeder near Aurora, must pay a $500 fine and has agreed not to breed dogs for six years after the state said she did not provide adequate care for the 27 dogs at her facility. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • KSPR: Joplin School District moves students, prepares to start on time. The Joplin School District is consolidating some school operations but will start on Aug. 17, as originally scheduled.
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