Daily brief (6/26): Top picks from the Springfield media

The constant heat is creating a host of problems around the Ozarks: dry fields for farmers, risk of fire and heat illnesses, and limited business for lawn-care companies.

Today will be a little bit of a break: High of 93 with a slight breeze. But the sun will be unrelenting for the next week, and highs will creep back toward the 100-degree mark for the rest of the week. Rain is nowhere in sight.

The Salvation Army is also calling for volunteers to help work at its cooling centers, which are expected to open temporarily this week.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Health department testing swimming holes. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is testing several area swimming holes for E.coli bacteria and is posting the results on its website.
  • KY3: Absentee voting for Aug. 7 primary begins today. Missouri residents may begin voting today, as long as they meet a condition that prevents them from voting on Election Day — such as being housebound or expecting to be out-of-town that day.
  • OzarksFirst: Lebanon parents want to stop separation of special-needs kids. A group of Lebanon parents with special-needs kids are petitioning the district to provide better learning conditions for their children.
  • KSPR: Springfield commits $50 million to sewer improvements. Springfield plans on spending $50 million to meet Environmental Protection Agency guidelines by 2018.

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