Daily brief (7/4): Top picks from the Springfield media

Happy Fourth of July!

Another heat advisory is in effect for much of the Ozarks from noon today through Saturday as highs in the 100s are expected for the week.

Today will be sunny and hot, with a high of 100. A steady wind will be blowing, though, and gusts could reach as high as 20 mph.

Expect more of the same for the rest of the week, although winds will die down tomorrow. The next chance of thunderstorms in the forecast is Monday.

Fourth of July

(Courtesy: Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Among the events this Fourth of July is the 2nd annual Fireworks at the Field at Hammons Field in downtown Springfield. The field will open at 3 p.m. with a variety of events including a Springfield Cardinals baseball game.

Several cities including Joplin, Fort Leonard Wood, and Bolivar are hosting Fourth of July festivities today.

Burn bans remain in effect throughout the Ozarks, and fire chiefs are urging residents not to light fireworks because of the dry conditions. In Shell Knob, fireworks sparked a fire that burned one house and damaged another (KY3, OzarksFirst).

Today’s picks

  • KY3: Southwest adds Branson airport. Beginning next year, Southwest Airlines will begin flying to and from the Branson Airport. (Other coverage: KSPR, News-Leader)
  • OzarksFirst: Grant allows Forsyth police to hire veteran. Forsyth is one of several Missouri cities that received part of a $1.5 million Department of Justice grant to help put veterans back to work.
  • KY3: McCaskill gearing up for re-election fight. KY3’s Jerry Jacob sat down with U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill for an extended conversation about the campaign and the current political climate.
  • KSPR: Christian County commissioner faces misdemeanor charges. Christian County Prosecutor Amy Fite has charged Eastern District Commissioner Tom Huff with personally benefiting from road work being done for the county, a misdemeanor offense that could result in his removal from office.
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