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Daily brief (11/16): Top picks from the Springfield media

A 30 percent chance of rain is forecast before noon. The day starts cloudy and gradually becomes mostly sunny, with a high near 55. With west winds between 5 and 13 mph, the wind chill values make the morning feel as low as 38.

Today’s picks:

  • OzarksFirst (KOLR/KSFX): More police officers will hit the streets in Springfield. The Springfield Police Department is getting some much-needed help to hire a few more officers thanks to a $2,152,620 grant from the Department of Justice (Other coverage: KY3).
  • KY3: Springfield square fenced off for upgrades to lighting and landscape. An overhead drawing of the newly planned square boasts more lighting, double the trees and a modernized, energy efficient upgrade for the fountain.
  • News-Leader: City considers refinancing a bond. The city hopes to save about $200,000 a year by refinancing bonds used to build Jordan Valley Park.
  • News-Leader: MSU working toward tobacco ban. Missouri State University wants to halt tobacco use on campus. Instead of going cold turkey, the school is taking a gradual approach with the goal of becoming tobacco-free in 2012.

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