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Daily brief (2/11): Top picks from the Springfield media

sunnyToday will be sunny, with a high near 36. A southwest wind between 9 and 13 mph will put the area under a wind chill advisory until 9 a.m.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 22, along with a west wind between 6 and 10 mph.

Today’s picks:

  • News-Leader: Report: Plants’ mercury threatens health. Missouri’s coal-fired power plants put more toxic mercury into the atmosphere than all but 10 states, according to a Missouri environmental group’s study. Mercury from CU’s Southwest Power Station and James River Power Plant ranked ninth- and 12th-highest out of 18 coal-fired plants in the state, according to the study.
  • KY3: Man in test case over public-defender caseloads pleads guilty in Christian County. A man from Sparta who was in the Christian County jail with his criminal cases on hold since last summer finally was able to plead guilty on Thursday.  Christian County Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite got a special order from the Missouri Supreme Court that let Jared Blacksher plead guilty for second-degree burglary and forgery. (Other coverage: KSPR)
  • OzarkFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Bolivar celebrates top school board. The Missouri School Boards Association named Bolivar as having the state’s Outstanding Board Of Education for 2010.

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