Daily brief (7/26): Top picks from the Springfield media

The Ozarks gets its first shot at a good soaking in several days today.

There’s a 60 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1 p.m. Otherwise it will be partly sunny and hot, with a high of 93The heat index could reach as high as 99, and a heat advisory remains in effect for the day.

Tomorrow will be sunny and hot, with a high of 97; it will be a preview of the week to come. After today, no more rain is expected for at least a week.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Ozark Empire Fair prepares for 2012 edition.The 76th annual Ozark Empire Fair will begin its run Friday and last through Aug. 4. Among the performers to appear this year: Glen Campbell and Dierks Bentley.
  • [Election] OzarksFirst: Public forum tonight for state representative candidates. A meet-the-candidates forum for those running for state legislature will be at 7 p.m. today at Cox North (1423 N. Jefferson Ave.).
  • News-Leader: After 20 years, Yakov Smirnoff leaving Branson. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff, a Branson fixture for the past two decades, will be taking his show on the road to help married couples.
  • KY3: Rare Breed shelter getting overcrowded.The summer heat is driving more kids in need of help to Rare Breed, the downtown shelter for homeless teens.
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