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Daily brief (8/17): Top picks from the Springfield media

August heat returns today, despite a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

A high of 91 is expected, but the heat index could reach 97. Tonight will dip to 70, and then the high will jump back into the 90s tomorrow. Rain chances will linger for most of the week.

Today’s picks

  • KY3: Missouri officials still figuring cost of disasters. The state has pledged $150 million to help with rebuilding and recovery costs from this year’s floods and tornadoes, but a state Senate committee is still computing just how much to the total bill will be. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • KSMU: Convoy of Hope helps in East Africa. The Springfield-based charity has wired money to Kenya and sent supplies to help with the Somalian refugees fleeing to Kenya.
  • News-Leader: Volunteers ready for Day of Caring. About 1,500 volunteers have signed to help during the Day of Caring tomorrow. Volunteers will be helping with more than 200 projects throughout the area. The event is coordinated by the United Way of the Ozarks.
  • OzarksFirst: MSU students have say in off-campus housing. Missouri State University is building new housing facilities for students near the Springfield campus.
  • News-Leader: Theater cracks down on cell-phone use. Beginning next month, Campbell 16 will ask patrons who use their cell phones during a movie to leave — without getting a refund.

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