Daily brief (7/2): Top picks from the Springfield media

Some areas of the Ozarks got a little bit of rain last night to help break the string of dry days that included record highs for Springfield and West Plains on Sunday. Expect another mostly sunny, hot day with a high of 93. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms remains through tonight.

Those chances increase to 30 percent tomorrow. Otherwise, it will be mostly sunny and continued hot, with a high of 95.

Rain chances disappear for the Fourth of July and the rest of the week, and highs are expected to hit the upper 90s.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: Salvation Army offering school-supply help. The Salvation Army in Springfield has begun taking applications for its back-to-school assistance program. Families can sign up for help beginning today; the program offers backpacks, school supplies, clothing and haircuts to students in need.
  • KSPR/SBJ: Gillioz making strides after reorganization. After filing for bankruptcy, the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield has turned around its operation and is expected to end this year with $150,000 in profits.
  • KY3: Brush fire reportedly started with fireworks. A brush fire that started in a field on North Hawkins Road in Ozark was approaching the Rivermist subdivision before firefighters from the Ozark Fire Protection District extinguished the fire. A witness reported seeing someone in a late 1990s/early 2000s Dodge pickup shoot a bottle rocket into the field.
  • KSMU: Library budget means more e-books. The board of the Springfield-Greene County Library District has approved a $13.9 million budget that includes expanded hours, more money for  e-books and a new roof for the Library Center.
  • News-Leader: OTC campus on track in Hollister. Hollister city officials say a new $9.6 million satellite campus for the Ozarks Technical Community College will have a big impact on the city. The four-story building will sit on nine acres just off U.S. 65 and is scheduled to open in August 2013.
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