Daily brief (7/3): Top picks from the Springfield media

Any hope for more rain has dried up for the rest of the week. Expect continued hot, dry conditions through the Fourth of July.

Today’s high will be 98, although a slight breeze of up to 14 mph will help some. Highs for the rest of the week will be in the same territory.

With such extended hot conditions, experts are warning Ozarkers to watch their outdoor pets closely and avoid fireworks, which can easily set off brush fires. Many cities still have burn bans in effect, despite the brief bit of rain from Monday morning.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: Council approves funding for Kraft expansion. The City Council has approved two measures to help Kraft Foods with a $55 million expansion at the plant: a 50 percent tax reduction for 10 years and city-issued industrial revenue bonds.
  • KY3: Downtown prepares for Fourth festivities. A citywide fireworks display will be at Hammons Field on Wednesday night, and tickets for the event will also allow buyers access to Mediacom Ice Park and the Discovery Center.
  • KSMU: Show-Me Heroes program for veterans expands. A state program designed to help veterans find jobs has been expanded. It offers a 50 percent wage benefit to help employers with training costs for veterans.
  • KSPR: Some businesses worry about crayfish ban. The Missouri Department of Conservation is banning the sale of all crayfish as bait to prevent the spread of nonnative crayfish, but some businesses are worried about the change, saying it will hurt their profits.
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