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Daily brief (2/4): Top picks from the Springfield media

Snow

Temperatures will bump up a little today, with highs reaching 27. A wind-chill advisory remains in effect, and a 40 percent chance of snow moves into the forecast after noon.

Tonight, a slight chance of snow remains, with lows dipping to 12.

Several schools, including Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, Republic, and Willard, have closed for a fourth day today. Ozark Technical Community College is not in session, although Missouri State, Drury, and Evangel universities have classes today.

The winter weather has also affected blood donations, and the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is seeking more donors to make up for the lost donations caused by the storms.

The Greene County Highway Department and other street departments have worked to plow their roads, but ice and slush still remain on many roads..

Today’s picks:

  • KY3: Council meeting today to decide fate of February municipal election. The Springfield City Council will meet today to decide whether to continue with next Tuesday’s municipal election. On the ballot: two council seats. (Other coverage: News-Leader, OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX])
  • OzarksFirst: Schools get transportation funds as state revenue rises. With the economy improving, Missouri tax revenue has increased more than 15 percent over last year’s numbers, allowing the governor to release some withheld school funds.
  • KSPR: Rates for local phone service have risen 50 percent in past three years. A study by the Missouri Public Service Commission, the state’s utility regulator, showed that monthly rates for local landline phone service have gone up from an average of $11.49 in 2007 to $17.11 in 2010.
  • News-Leader: Salvation Army falls just short of annual fundraising goal. Salvation Army of the Ozarks received about 93 percent of its $935,000 goal for the Christmas season.
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