Daily brief (1/16): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be cold and cloudy, with a chance of flurries before noon. The high will be 33, with wind chills as low as 12.

Slight chance of freezing rain over night and tomorrow morning, but temperatures should rise above the freezing mark.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is tomorrow, and a variety of events are scheduled.

Today’s picks:

  • News-Leader: New police focus: Crime hot spots. The Springfield Police Department is using crime data to concentrate its crime-fighting efforts in problem areas.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Community mourns fallen soldier. Sgt. 1st Class Robert Pharris of Seymour was killed in action in Afghanistan. Services will be today.
  • KY3: Massive mansion in Missouri going up in Christian County. A 72,000-square-foot mansion with plans for a theater and gym is rising in Christian County.
  • KSMU: Former prosecutor Moore takes job in auditor’s office. Greene County Prosecutor Darrell Moore will become chief litigator for State Auditor Thomas Schweich.
  • News-Leader: Already ‘lean,’ SPS to trim central office. Springfield Public Schools has fewer administrators per student than other large districts in Missouri.

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