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Daily brief (8/24): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be the hottest day of the week, but the heat should break by tomorrow.

It will be mostly sunny and hot, with a high of 98. The heat index could get as high as 104, but a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms enters the forecast this afternoon and remain through tonight.

Tomorrow will be sunny and cooler, with a high of 88.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: St. John’s announces $650 million expansion. St. John’s Health System plans on adding new medical centers and services over the next 10 years totaling $650 million. (Other coverage: News-Leader, KSPR)
  • News-Leader: Council mulling next steps on E-Verify proposal. The City Council is deciding whether to vote on the E-Verify proposal from the Ozarks Minutemen or forward it on to voters, which would cost $145,000. The proposal would require employers to check all applicants through the program. Critics worry the proposal could be used to harass immigrants and divide the community. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • KY3: Noblett Lake drained by vandals. Vandals drained Noblett Lake, southwest of Willow Springs, by opening the dam that retained the water to create the lake. (Other coverage: KSPR)
  • News-Leader: Ozark aldermen vote down sales-tax idea. Ozark won’t be putting a half-cent sales tax on the ballot. Without additional revenue, as much as $400,000 in street improvements will be left undone.
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