Daily brief (12/21): Top picks from the Springfield media

We’ll have a chance of drizzle and patchy fog this morning before noon, and it will remain mostly cloudy throughout the day, with a high of about 46. Temperatures will drop later in the week with a chance of snow for Christmas Eve.

Today’s picks:

  • OzarksFirst (KOLR/KSFX): Debt-relief company agrees to repay Missouri customers. Elite Financial Services of Massachusetts must repay customers for failing to help them take care of credit-card debt, as it promised.
  • KSMU: Justice for all: The Missouri public defender system in crisis (Part II). Reporter Jennifer Moore continues with Part II of her weeklong series examining the issues facing Missouri’s public-defender system. Today’s installment: Examining caseload counts at the system’s offices.
  • News-Leader: Gillioz has raised $90,000. A $75,000 donation has pushed the amount gathered by the Springfield Landmarks Preservation Trust to $90,000. The theater’s owner needs more than five times that amount to stave off foreclosure.
  • KY3: New expressway at Osage Beach reroutes shoppers. Some businesses are concerned about losing customers with the new U.S. 54 bypass open.
  • OzarksFirst: Authorities investigating weekend arson. Investigators suspect arson in Marshfield after items were discovered missing in a home that burned over the weekend.
  • News-Leader: Missouri could lose seat in Congress. Officials were awaiting word on whether Missouri’s population would remain high enough to have nine House seats.
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