Daily brief (9/2): Top picks from the Springfield media

Tough it out. Although we’ve got a couple of more hot days ahead, we’ll get treated to a cool-down next week.

Today will be sunny and hot, with a high of 98. Tomorrow will be sunny, but the high will dip slightly to 92. Sunday’s high will drop into the low 80s, and 70-degree highs are expected next week.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Indiana firm no longer assessing Missouri Medicaid patients. SynCare LLC, which had been responsible for evaluating Missouri Medicaid patients, has lost its contract with the state, but some legislators are wondering what the Department of Health and Senior Services will do next.
  • OzarksFirst: Crosslines sees ‘atypical’ rise in food needs. Crosslines, which provides food and clothes to needy families, has seen a 22 percent increase in demand for emergency food assistance since May. It has also seen a 15 percent increase in new family applications.
  • KY3: U.S. Highway 65 expansion opens to traffic. The $27 million project expanded a 7.5-mile stretch of the highway to six lanes through Springfield.
  • KSPR: Thousands expected for Hemp Fest 2011 in Springfield. Hemp Fest 2011, a festival featuring 18 bands at Summers at the River on South Campbell Avenue, is expected to draw thousands.
  • Springfield Business Journal: Wal-Mart plans three Neighborhood Markets. Wal-Mart has filed plans with Springfield for three Neighborhood Markets in the area. The stores, smaller than a Supercenter, are focused on groceries.
  • KSMU: New Hy-Vee grocery store hires over 500. Hy-Vee has built a new store in Springfield, which will open in October.
  • OzarksFirst: Three Springfield schools releasing students early today. Three elementary schools that don’t have air conditioning — Boyd, Robberson, and Sunshine — will end early today because of the heat. (Other coverage: KY3)
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