Daily brief (8/9): Top picks from the Springfield media

The rain has brought a break from the excessive heat of the past month: Today will be sunny, with a high of 90.

Tonight, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, and tomorrow, precipitation is likely. A high of 80 is expected. The rest of the week will have a chance of rain, with high temperatures in the 80s.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Safety group urges November tax vote. The Safety and Justice Roundtable, a citizens group,  is urging the Greene County Commission to put a 1/4-cent sales tax for law enforcement on the November ballot. But local officials wonder whether such a tax will pass. (Other coverage: KY3, OzarksFirst, KSPR)
  • OzarksFirst: Civil War re-enactors setting up camp. Hundreds of Civil War re-enactors are preparing for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, the first major Civil War battle west of the Mississippi River. The event will run through this weekend at the Greene County battlefield.
  • KSMU: Nursing-home resident surprises staff with rare talent, past. Richard “Dick” Dupuis, a resident in the Christian Health Care East nursing home in Springfield, designed clothing and dresses for celebrities and stars in the 1950s and ’60s.
  • KY3: Some concerned about Springfield immigration proposal. The Minutemen, a local group concerned about illegal immigration, is seeking a ballot measure that would require businesses to check the immigration status of all employees, but some are concerned that the measure would be misused to target particular ethnic groups. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • KSPR: Joplin debris removal complete, demolition phase to begin. Work will now begin to raze damaged homes and buildings to prepare for rebuilding.
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