Daily brief (8/5): Top picks from the Springfield media

A chance of rain or thunderstorms remains this morning, but skies should clear by this afternoon, making for a mostly sunny day and a high of 91.

Storms hit across the Ozarks last night, downing trees in Taney County, which experienced some of the heaviest damage (KY3). The Ozark Empire Fair was evacuated because of storms as well (KSPR, OzarksFirst).

Skies should remain clear for the next couple of days, with mid to upper 90s returning. Another chance of rain is on the horizon for Wednesday, though.

Today’s picks

  • KY3: Tax-free weekend keeps retailers hopping.Missouri’s weekend break from sales tax on school-related purchases continues through this evening.
  • OzarksFirst: Water conservation still critical for the Ozarks. Before Saturday’s rain, water levels at the area’s reservoirs were continuing to drop.
  • News-Leader: Council seeks more feedback on nondiscrimination law. On Aug. 13, the City Council will have a public hearing about a proposed change that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance.
  • OzarksFirst: Two Springfield schools receive makeovers from volunteers.Pipkin Middle and York Elementary had dozens of volunteers come out this weekend to help paint walls, add landscaping, and do other work to make over the schools.
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