Daily brief (1/8): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today: Mostly sunny skies prevail with a cooler day than the last few days, reaching a high near 30. The wind chill values drop to 9, with north winds blowing between 8 and 14 mph, gusting as high as 20 mph.

Today’s picks:

  • News-Leader: Staff says cause of blight is irrelevant. Springfield City Council should ignore questions about how an area near Missouri State University became blighted and whether a longtime landlord is responsible when it votes on an ordinance that would allow property tax abatement at the site, according to a memo sent Friday by city staff.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Missouri lawmakers revisit “right to work” issue. New legislation aims to make Missouri a “Right to Work” state. That would stop unions from negotiating agreements where workers are required to join. A state senator introduced new “right to work” legislation this week. It’s reigniting the debate about union membership in the state.
  • KY-3: New Greene County presiding commissioner may make good on campaign promise to cut county administrator position. Jim Viebrock, the new presiding commissioner of Greene County, is ending his first week officially on the job.  Next year’s budget is the first order of business, and a campaign promise may come into play when he reconsiders the role of the county administrator.
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