Daily brief (5/28): Top picks from the Springfield media

Several Memorial Day observances (KY3, OzarksFirst) are happening through the Ozarks today, including a 10 a.m. service at the Springfield National Cemetery on East Seminole Street.

Today will be partly sunny and hot once again, with a high of 89. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms enters the forecast for today, and a steady wind with gusts of up to 23 mph should help take some of the edge off.

Clouds will thicken tonight, and rain chance increase to 40 percent. But skies should clear by tomorrow before rain chances return again Wednesday and Thursday. Thunderstorms are likely Thursday; however, expect clear skies for the weekend with much cooler temperatures.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Democratic competitor to run for 7th Congressional District. Jim Evans, a retired schoolteacher from Republic and an Army veteran, plans to run in the 7th Congressional District race this year. He does not face a primary challenger. Incumbent Rep. Billy Long faces Mike Moon of Springfield and Thomas Stilson of Ozark in the Republican primary.
  • KY3: Farmers concerned about dry conditions in the Ozarks. Some fruits and crops are blossoming much sooner this season because of the warmer weather, and dry conditions are adding to farmers’ concerns.
  • KSPR: Springfield teen heads to national spelling bee. Julian Pacheco, an eighth grader from Pipkin Middle School in Springfield, will be competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week.
  • OzarksFirst: Skateboarders compete to help children’s hospital. A Saturday event hosted by the Springfield Skateboard Project and Hero Skateboards helped raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
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