Daily brief (5/2): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will set the stage for the rest of the week. It will be sunny with a high of 86.

Winds will be strong, and gusts could be as high as 31 mph.

The forecast isn’t expected to change much headed into the weekend. No precipitation is expected, and highs will remain in the mid to upper 80s.

The black bear of the Ozarks: I normally wouldn’t post a “weird news of the week” story, but all news outlets covered this story about the black bear in a tree in Seymour. It does make me wonder about the amount of news time/resources dedicated to an event that has little impact on our lives, apart from the awww factor.

The story goes like this: Bear sleeping in a tree in Seymour. Bear comes down after a few hours. Bear goes back into the woods. And the TV stations (OzarksFirst, KY3, KSPR) caught it on camera.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: $5 million grant will aid Springfield health center. The Jordan Valley Community Health Center will use a $5 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to build a 30,300-square-foot facility across from its location at 1440 E. Tampa St(Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • KY3: Armyworms hit thousands of Ozarks farms. The devastating armyworm is eating up thousands of acres in northwestern Arkansas, just across the border from Missouri.
  • KSPR: Springfield’s bus system earns high grades. Springfield’s bus system, run by City Utilities, received high marks from citizens for performance and time availability, but people would like to see a bigger coverage area.
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