Top picks (6/30): Top picks from the Springfield media

And the bakefest continues.

Today’s high will hit 100, although a slight southwest breeze might help a bit. Expect more of the same into next week. Tomorrow will be 100, and Monday’s high is expected to hit 96.

A heat advisory remains in effect for the Ozarks through 7 p.m.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Missouri gets No Child waiver. The state of Missouri has been granted a waiver from meeting the 2013-14 deadline for hitting 100 percent proficiency in key academic areas.
  • OzarksFirst: Firefighters work to contain Mark Twain fire. More than 550 acres has burned in the Mark Twain National Forest in Iron County, and state firefighters are working to prevent the fire from spreading.
  • KSPR: Tourism towns worried about burn bans. Towns around the Ozarks that depend on tourism for income are concerned that the dry, hot weather combined with burn bans may affect their visitor counts for what usually is one of the busiest times of the year.
  • KSMU: Grant will allow fire department to staff new station. The Springfield Fire Department has received a $1.25 million grant that will allow it to hire nine firefighters and staff a new fire station at West Chestnut Expressway and Duke Avenue.
  • KY3: Springfield agency offering anger-management class for kids. The Ozarks Counseling Center is enrolling kids in its “Cool Kids” course, an anger-management class for kids aged 5-12.

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