Daily brief (1/6): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today brings mostly sunny skies with a high near 48 and wind chill values as low as 19 early. West winds prevail between 8 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Today’s picks:

  • News-Leader: Oath starts off new term for local representatives. It is official: Republican Billy Long is Springfield’s newest congressman. Standing amid a sea of lawmakers, including scores of newly elected members, Long held his right hand up and said, “I do.”
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Ozarks libraries evolve to meet digital demand. Electronic editions of the top six books on USA Today’s best-selling books list have outsold the print versions. At the same time, libraries in the Ozarks are seeing the demand for digital downloads.
  • KY-3: New 911 system aims to improve public safety in Christian County. For years, Christian County emergency calls would be bounced between four to five call centers, depending on the situation.  Now, calls from center to center aren’t needed. Dispatchers can shout across the table.
  • KSPR: Witness of violent crime speaks out about SPD’s “Operation Gunplay.” You could call it Springfield’s “most wanted” list. Wednesday the police department announced it has spent the last six months whittling it down.  The effort is called “Operation Gunplay,” and the idea is to get violent and repeat offenders behind bars.
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