Daily brief (8/19): Top picks from the Springfield media

Occasional showers today mainly between 7am and 1pm with a high near 80.  Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Today’s picks

  • NewsLeader: Water shortage means higher costs on the horizon locally. Water levels at Springfield reservoirs continue to drop steadily. The storage level was at 64.3 percent Friday. When it reaches 60 percent — likely in the first or second week of September, barring significant and sustained rain — City Utility’s Emergency Water Conservation Plan takes effect.
  • KSPR: Cantaloupes with salmonella found in Missouri and Arkansas. State and Federal health officials are advising consumers to throw out all cantaloupes from southwestern Indiana. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • OzarkFirst: University students bring huge economic impact to Springfield. Business Insider Magazine reported that students nationwide spend about eleven billion dollars on snacks and beverages alone. Downtown Springfield is already seeing the difference in sales.
  • KY3: Anonymous donor gives $500,000 to Springfield shelter for homeless teens.  Donation will pay for new building on Main Avenue. The new location will offer G.E.D. classes, a nursery, computer lab, even a gym.  
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