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

A respite from the heat is on the horizon — after one more hot day.

Today will be sunny with a high of 100, and a heat advisory remains in effect until 7 tonight. A 30 percent chance of showers will last throughout the day, increasing to 40 percent tonight as clouds thicken. Rain chances remain through Monday, and temperatures should drop into the upper 80s next week.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Ozarks firefighters not equipped to deal with large forest fires. Over the past two weeks, area fire departments have had to fight large fires in Christian and Taney counties. Extended dry conditions have made it easy for grass fires to be ignited by fireworks or sparks from mower blades.
  • KY3: Missouri House speaker rejects call for special session. Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley announced this week that he rejects the idea of a special session to deal with health care because of the cost. Sen. Brad Lager had raised the idea to recommend the state opting out of the federal Medicaid changes. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • KY3: Demolition along Missouri 76 in Branson almost complete. Four months after a tornado devastated Branson, the demolition and clearing of damaged buildings along the Missouri 76 strip is almost complete. Officials say the remaining debris should be cleared within a few weeks.
  • News-Leader: South Springfield facility will give another league option. The Fieldhouse Sportscenter, a 46,000-square-foot facility to be built at Cox Road and Kingsley Street in southwest Springfield, will offer four basketball courts and six volleyball courts.
  • OzarksFirst: Summer movies return to Founders Park. The eight-week downtown movie series begins this weekend at Founders Park. Movies are free with advance tickets available at the Mediacom Ice Park as well as other park and city offices throughout Springfield.
  • KSMU: Remains of WWII soldier finally coming home. In 1944, the B-17 bomber carrying Staff Sgt. John E. Hogan of West Plains went down over Germany, and his body was never accounted for. His remains were found years later, and after DNA confirmation, his remains will be returned to the Ozarks for burial.

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