Daily brief (2/26): Top picks from the Springfield media

Mostly cloudyToday will be mostly cloudy with a high of 56. There’s a 20 percent chance of rain tonight.

The clouds will remain for most of the weekend, with a chance of rain lingering. Skies should clear by Monday, making for a bright start to the week.

Bears vie for conference championship

Missouri StateToday is the big game for the Missouri State Bears. A win today would mean a Missouri Valley Conference championship — the first for the Bears since joining the conference 21 years ago — and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

A “fan fest” begins 9:45 this morning outside JQH Arena on the Missouri State campus. A ceremony to honor the team’s seniors is set for 11:46 a.m.

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 beginning at noon.

Today’s picks

  • KY3: Battlefield has largest growth in Greene County. Battlefield more than doubled in size over the past decade, increasing to more than 5,600 people. New census figures show Greene County itself grew 14 percent, to more than 275,000 people.
  • News-Leader: Public-service agencies bracing for grant cuts. With expected cuts to federal Community Development Block Grants, several local agencies are preparing to lose thousands of dollars in grants that support public-service programs such as revolving loans for small businesses and food and shelter programs for the homeless.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Missouri meth-lab seizures on the rise. The number of meth labs seized in Missouri hit its highest point in four years.
  • KSPR: Attorney general releases biggest complaints/scams of 2010. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has released a list of the 10 biggest consumer complaints and scams. Among the top 10: Debt-collector and credit-card scam.
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