Daily brief (2/21): Top picks from the Springfield media

ShowersHappy Presidents Day! Banks, markets, and most schools are closed for the federal holiday.

The temperature will drop to average February levels today. We’ll start at a high of 54 and drop throughout the day to a low of 21 tonight.

It will start out cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers, but skies should clear by this afternoon. Tomorrow will be clear again, with a high of 48 expected.

Also, tomorrow is the primary election for the Springfield City Council.

Today’s picks:

  • KSPR: Arson suspected in fire of Marshfield athletic shed. A Sunday morning fire at Marshfield’s school athletic shed destroyed $100,000 worth of equipment, including lawn mowers and 200 sets of junior football pads and helmets. Fire officials are investigating the blaze’s cause. (Other coverage: KY3)
  • KY3: Civil War-era train car gets new lease on life. A historic rail car from Ozark will be donated to a man who is rebuilding a steam engine.
  • News-Leader: Springfield schools consider changes to medication distribution. Many Springfield students receive medication while at school; during the 2009-10, school nurses administered almost 60,000 medications in the state’s third-largest district. Officials want to update the administration policy, which has been in place since 1997.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Study: Drinking tweens sometimes get booze from home. A study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration shows 6 percent of kids from 12 to 14 drank alcohol in the last month, and about 28 percent of those got the alcohol from home.
  • KY3: Upcoming storm spotter classes are open to the public. The classes are available at National Weather Service offices in Springfield, Tulsa, and Little Rock.

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