Daily brief (7/6): Top picks from the Springfield media

Another three-digit scorcher is in store today — continued dry with a high of 101. A heat advisory remains in effect through 7 p.m. tomorrow.

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms enters the forecast tomorrow, with mostly cloudy skies moving in tomorrow night, and rain chances increase to 40 percent on Sunday. Rain chances linger Monday, and next week should provide a respite from the heat, with highs in the 80s.

The extended dry conditions mean fire risk is high, and several areas still have burn bans in effect. Fires in recent days have been sparked by a mower blade hitting a rock as well as fireworks.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Call center to build, add 100 jobs. Communication Solutions plans to break ground this month on a new call center at Scenic Avenue and Sunshine Street, and will add 100 jobs for the new facility. (Other coverage: KY3, OzarksFirst)
  • OzarksFirst: Check your computer for this malware. The Better Business Bureau says as many as 300,000 computers could lose Internet access because of malware developed by Estonian national who were arrested in November. The FBI describes how to check for the malware.
  • KSPR: Police blame improper wiring for lake deaths. Police say improper wiring led to the electrocution deaths of two children at a Lake of the Ozarks dock.
  • KSMU: City to hear comments about quiet zone. The city of Springfield is considering a “railway quiet zone” in the Rountree neighborhood after receiving hundreds of complaints about train whistles.
  • News-Leader: New housing option popular at Drury. Drury University’s newest housing building, University Suites, is full, with students snapping up all of the 72 bedrooms for the fall semester.
  • KY3: Mercy Hospital tops in patient safety. Mercy Hospital in Springfield was ranked sixth in the nation in a recent review of medical data by Consumer Reports.

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