Daily brief (1/9): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today expect scattered flurries after noon, with cloudy skies and a high near 31. Wind chill values dip as low as 5 as an east wind between 14 and 18 mph gusts as high as 24 mph.

Today’s picks:

  • News-Leader: Springfield jobs outlook evolves after a decade of change. As thousands of people look for work, they face a far different job landscape than when the decade began, when jobs were plentiful and the area’s unemployment rate stayed well below 5 percent until 2008.
  • KY3: Missouri National Guard SFC Robert Pharris, 48, of Seymour was killed in Afghanistan. Missouri National Guard officials say a soldier from Seymour, Missouri, has died in Afghanistan. Sergeant First Class Robert Pharris was killed Jan. 5 when he and fellow soldiers were hit by a roadside bomb. (Also: KSPR)
  • News-Leader: Viebrock: budget gets to be small. Less than two weeks into his new job as Greene County Presiding Commissioner, Jim Viebrock is coming to grips with a disappointing reality. Budgets will be difficult to cut being so small already.

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