Daily brief (1/31): Top picks from the Springfield media

CloudySome rain is possible today, but the truly nasty winter weather isn’t expected to hit until late tonight.

There’s a 40 percent chance of rain or drizzle today. It will be cloudy, with a high of 43.

Freezing rain moves into the forecast overnight, with less than 1/10 of an inch accumulation expected. A winter storm warning is in effect for tonight and Tuesday, as snow and sleet hit tomorrow. The heaviest ice accumulations are expected in the Table Rock Lake area, northeast through Salem, Winona, and West Plains.

Today’s picks:

  • News-Leader: Civil War anniversary delays museum closing. A plan by the National Parks Service to close the museum at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield has been delayed until after the 150th anniversary of the battle.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Navigating costly tax-refund loans. Economists are warning against refund-anticipation loans, which can carry hundreds of dollars in fees.
  • KY3: Another Fort Wood unit headed to Afghanistan. Seventy-five soldiers with the 55th Mobility Augmentation Company will leave for a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan today. The unit clears roads and provides support for other units. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • KSPR: Beauty school students help in Rwanda. Local students are helping establish a sister beauty school in Africa as part of an effort known as Project Africa.
  • OzarksFirst: Ramp shutdown at U.S. 60-65 interchange. The Missouri Department of Transportation has shut down the ramp connecting westbound 60 to northbound 65. It will be closed for the next two months.
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