Daily brief (1/20): Top picks from the Springfield media

About 1-4 inches of snow blanketed the Ozarks overnight, and most school districts have closed.

The snow is expected to continue through about noon. The temperature will start the day at 25 and drop throughout to a low of 4 tonight (yes, that’s a single digit).

Today’s picks:

  • News-Leader: Budget cuts hit state jobs. In his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Jay Nixon says his proposed budget cuts more than $700 million out of the budget, including cuts to higher education and government administrative positions. (Other coverage: KSPR, OzarksFirst)
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Citizens can help with CU search. City Utilities is looking for a new general manager to replace the retiring John Twitty, and CU’s board wants the public to help. Interested citizens can apply to be part of the general-manager search committee.
  • KSPR: Lebanon City Council lacks confidence in mayor. The council voted 5-2, but the nonbinding vote doesn’t remove the mayor from office. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst).
  • OzarksFirst: Conservation Department asks residents to buy firewood locally. State officials say buying firewood locally will help stop the spread of the emerald ash borer, a beetle that attacks ash trees. The beetle currently has been seen only in the southeast part of Missouri.
  • KSMU: Use of ‘fake cocaine’ on the rise. Health experts say a chemical used as a bath salt has been used as “cocaine,” which has led to some calls to the Missouri Poison Center.
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