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

Today, a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms remains in the forecast. Otherwise, it will be partly sunny and hot, with a high of 96.

Rain chances increase to 60 percent tonight, and the rain will bring a cooling trend — along with the first break in 90-degree temperatures this month. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms remains tomorrow, with a high of 89 expected.

Wednesday will be even nicer, with a high in the mid 80s.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: Fair estimates 20 percent drop in attendance. Ozark Empire Fair manager Elvin Dunn says the extreme heat likely caused a large drop in attendance from two years ago. (Other coverage: KSPR)
  • KY3: MSU considering boosting salaries, reducing employees. Clif Smart, interim president of Missouri State University, wants to cut staff to increase salaries for faculty. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • News-Leader: Officials to listen to tax-hike idea. A citizen group is pitching the idea for a Greene County tax increase to deal with the county’s law-enforcement staffing challenges.
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