Daily brief (12/17): Top picks from the Springfield media

Happy Beethoven’s birthday! Peanuts burned that bit of trivia into my head when I was a kid, so I thought I’d continue the tradition.

Today will be much like the rest of this week, cloudy with a high of about 37. The skies will clear out by tomorrow, however, and the high will flirt with the 40-degree mark.

Today’s picks (lots o’ news today!):

  • KY3: Supporters turn in petitions to force votes on smoke-free workplaces. A proposal to eliminate smoking in Springfield’s workplaces may appear before city voters in the spring, if signatures on the petition are validated.
  • KSMU: Domestic violence shelters in Missouri turning victims away. The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence said the need for shelters to help victims of domestic violence is on the rise.
  • News-Leader: Falling donations results in cuts for local charities. Several nonprofit organizations including the Victory Mission and the Kitchen have been cutting payrolls to make ends meet.
  • OzarksFirst (KOLR/KSFX): Branson aldermen give final approval for airport payment. In a special meeting yesterday, the Branson Board of Aldermen approved a $257,554 payment to the privately funded Branson airport.
  • News-Leader: Fair Grove, Strafford districts halt plans to modify school calendars. Fair Grove has dropped the idea indefinitely, while Strafford is trying to amend its original proposal that would have shortened the summer break and spread off-weeks throughout the year.
  • KSPR: Missouri State students concerned about dark spots on campus. A review by students and security at Missouri State University revealed several dark areas of campus at night. The university’s Board of Governors today will consider a proposal to add more lighting.
  • KY3: Jerry Jacob says hello from Afghanistan. The former KY3 anchor is nearing the end of his five-year commitment with the Army.
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