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Daily brief (12/22): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be partly sunny but a bit colder, with a high of 37. A chance of snow and sleet moves in tomorrow night, bringing the possibility of a white Christmas.

Today’s picks:

  • News-Leader: Missouri gains population but loses a Congressional district. When the lines are redrawn for 2012, Missouri will have only eight Congressional seats, the first loss in 30 years. The Census Bureau released its first 2010 Census results yesterday. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX], KSPR, KY3)
  • KSPR: Smoking ban supporters scramble for petition signatures. Supporters with Clean Air Springfield are trying to collect enough signatures by Dec. 29 to put a Springfield smoking ban on the April ballot.
  • OzarksFirst: Ozarks Food Harvest seeing rising middle-class need. Lingering unemployment is leading more middle-class households to seek assistance at the Springfield food pantry.
  • OzarksFirst: Attorney general releases worst charities list. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has released a list of the 15 worst charities to help Missourians avoid scams during this season of giving.
  • News-Leader: Branson Belle will stay docked for rest of the year. The Showboat Branson Belle, which ran aground earlier this month, will remain docked through the end of its 2010 season.

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