Daily brief (2/18): Top picks from the Springfield media

partly sunnyThe springlike weather continues today, with a high of 63 and partly sunny skies expected. The wind won’t be quite as vocal today, although the breeze will be steady at 7 to 14 mph.

A slight chance of rain moves into the forecast tonight and will linger through the weekend. Highs in the high 50s are expected.

Today’s picks:

  • News-Leader: School board hopefuls sound off on cuts. Five candidates vying for two spots on the Springfield School Board answered nine questions at a Thursday forum sponsored by the local Missouri State Teachers Association.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Meet the candidates: Springfield City Council, Zone 3. Three candidates are competing for the Zone 3 seat of the Springfield City Council. The primary, postponed by the snow, will be Feb. 22. The Greene County Clerk’s office will be open Saturday for absentee voting.
  • KY3: Relief for busy Ozark interchange likely years away. The Missouri Department of Transportation wants to add a diverging-diamond interchange at Christian County CC and U.S. Highway 65, like the one at Missouri Highway 13 and Interstate 44 in north Springfield. But the project won’t start until 2015.
  • KSPR: Springfield red-light cameras could be back on by April. The city of Springfield is working with the vendor of its red-light cameras and hopes to craft a new ordinance to start using its red-light cameras again. A former state trooper won a lawsuit against the city last year, after arguing the hearing process was unconstitutional.
  • OzarksFirst: Company bringing new crop, jobs to Ozarks. MFA Oil is starting a new biomass operation in Aurora, which could mean up to 100 new jobs in the coming years.
  • News-Leader: House panel approves photo ID requirement, early voting. Missourians could see some changes to voting in the state, if a bill approved Thursday continues to move through the General Assembly.
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