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Daily brief (7/5): Top picks from the Springfield media

The streak of hot, dry days continues today, with sunny skies and a high of 100. A heat advisory remains in effect through Saturday evening.

The first chance of rain is Sunday, although we may break a few records before then. The Springfield area has tied or broken record highs for six of the last 10 days. Tomorrow should be continued sunny and hot, with a high of 101.

The dry conditions have brought about burn bans throughout the Ozarks, and a few grass fires have been sparked by fireworks, authorities say. Springfield pools have also extended their hours because of the heat.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Nixa seeking opinions on YMCA partnership. The Nixa City Council is considering a partnership with the Ozarks Regional YMCA to run the city’s recreational programs an operations. The public may comment today and July 9. (Other coverage: KY3, OzarksFirst)
  • OzarksFirst: Two children electrocuted at Lake of the Ozarks. Alexandra Anderson, 13, and her brother Brayden, 8, were swimming in the Gravois Arm of the lake near a private dock when they were electrocuted by an “unknown source of electricity,” according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. (Other coverage: KY3)
  • News-Leader: Former Hickory Hills building coming down. Demolition crews have begun tearing down the former Hickory Hills school building at U.S. 65 and Chestnut Expressway. Developer Paul Larino plans to build Hickory Hills Marketplace in its place, although his project has hit several bumps over the past two years.
  • OzarksFirst: Nixa debaters earn national accolades.  Five seniors with the Nixa High School debate team — Alex Bailey, Nic Erwin, Samantha Franks, Josh Gilmer, and Devon Smith — and placed in the National Forensic League championship in Indianapolis.

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