Daily brief (12/20): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be mostly cloudy and breezy with a high near 50. Winds gusts could approach up to 30 mph.

Today’s picks:

  • KSMU: Justice for all: The Missouri public defender system in crisis (Part I). Reporter Jennifer Moore begins a five-part series examining the staffing and caseload issues facing Missouri’s public-defender system.
  • News-Leader: State sales tax gains some support among lawmakers. Some state legislators are examining the idea of replacing Missouri’s income tax with a statewide sales tax.
  • KSPR: New home construction on the rise in the Ozarks. Taney, Stone, Barry, Webster, Christian and Greene counties have all seen rises in home construction.
  • KY3: 1107th Aviation Group returns home. The Springfield-based unit, whose 150 members spent the past year in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan, serviced 462 helicopters during its deployment overseas. (Other coverage: News-Leader, OzarksFirst, KSPR)
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