Daily brief (6/28): Top picks from the Springfield media

A heat advisory is in effect from this afternoon through Saturday.

It will be another hot day, with the temperature expected to hit 103. A slight breeze will help a little, but Ozarkers need to watch their exposure to the sun and make sure they drink lots of water before heading outside for any period of time.

No break is in sight. Expect hot, sunny days with temperatures in the upper 90s or low 100s for the next week, and no rain is in the forecast. Some cities such as Nixa have begun instituting burn bans, and others like Fair Grove are considering them.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Ozarks blood centers have long-term need. The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has issued a code yellow alert for blood; donations drop in the summer because schools are not in session.
  • OzarksFirst: CU keeping eye on dropping water levels. With the extended dry weather in the Ozarks, water supply levels at Springfield’s reservoirs have been dropping. Fellows and McDaniel lakes are at 80 percent capacity; once they reach 60 percent, City Utilities will institute water-conservation measures.
  • News-Leader: Springfield police chief explains raid on homeless camp. Last week, Springfield police arrested 17 homeless people at a camp northeast of Kearney Street and Glenstone Avenue and gave them 24 hours to move. Police Chief Paul Williams on Wednesday acknowledged the raid could have been handled more effectively.
  • KY3: Bolivar Aquatic Center to open this weekend. A new $6 million aquatic center with a 30-foot-tall slide and a splash area for young kids will open this weekend in Bolivar after almost a year of delay.
  • KSMU: MSU adds evening college classes. Missouri State University has introduced the Evening College Plus Program to help full-time workers earn four-year degrees through seated, online, and blended classes.
  • OzarksFirst: Co-owner of Springfield hatchery says chickens are safe. Shawn Richardson, co-owner of Estes Hatchery, says his mail-order hatchery is safe, despite a salmonella outbreak traced to his facility. He noted the facility — which has been open since 1921 — has never failed a health inspection.
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