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Daily brief (4/28): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be partly sunny with a high near 75. A 40 percent of showers and thunderstorms remains in effect, mainly after 1 p.m.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, and chances of precipitation increase to 50 percent. Rain chances remain strong tomorrow, with thunderstorms likely. A high near 70 is expected.

A 50 percent of showers and thunderstorms remains Monday as well. Skies should clear by Wednesday, when a high of 80 is expected.

Interesting Web addition: KY3 has created a garage sale tracker that allows you to submit your sale to a Google map on its site.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: 1,500 volunteers needed for Six by Six challenge. Habitat for Humanity of Springfield has 950 signed up so far for its Six by Six challenge. The organization is trying to build six homes for six families by the end of May. (Other coverage: KSPR)
  • News-Leader: Walmart Neighborhood Market to open. The state’s first Walmart Neighborhood Market — a smaller version of a Supercenter — is scheduled to open May 16 at 3150 W. Republic Road.
  • KSPR: Springfield schedules special meeting on smoking ban. The Springfield City Council will hold a special meeting at noon Monday in the Busch Municipal Building to remove e-cigarettes from the ban and exempt tobacco stores and private clubs.
  • KY3: Medication take-back events this weekend. The Community Partnership of the Ozarks is holding a medication take-back event today at several pharmacies throughout Springfield. The organization is encouraging people with unused or outdated prescription medicine to turn the old bills back in.
  • OzarksFirst: Southside Ebbets Field has closed. On the day its parent company filed for bankruptcy, the southside Ebbets Field location on South Glenstone Avenue closed.
  • News-Leader: Annual police report shows spike in meth labs. In the past year, the Springfield Police Department added 20 officers, busted more meth labs, and made more DWI arrests in any year since 2004.
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