Daily brief (8/18): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 82.  The evening brings a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms, mainly after 1 a.m.

Saturday night is an overnight low of 59.  Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 81.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Missouri WIC program seeks to reinstate cheese in food packages.  Missouri quietly began saving money in a federal nutrition program for low-income families by eliminating cheese for children and some women.  But once the state’s dairy farmers got involved, Missouri moved within days to reinstate cheese in the Woman, Infants and Children program.  (Other coverage: KSPR)
  • OzarkFirst: SUV  was hoisted into Mercy’s new orthopedic hospital for patient rehab. An out-of-commission SUV was hoisted into the construction site for Mercy Orthopedic Hospital Springfield at Highway 65 and Evans Rd. The SUV will ultimately be used for patient rehabilitation.  (Other coverage: KY3)
  • KY3: Make-a-Wish surprises a Springfield boy with the shopping spree of a lifetime.  A Hummer stretch limo picks up Landan Bland, a 3 year old boy for an early Christmas shopping trip at Toys R Us.  Landan is battling a fast growing tumor that is threatening his young life.
  • KSPRUnless Springfield residents cut water usage, mandatory restrictions and higher costs could take effect.  City Utilities’ personnel are watching the ever falling water levels and are prepared to enact the Emergency Water Consumption Plan will enact mandatory restrictions and higher water bills.  (Other coverage: NewsLeader, OzarkFirst)
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