Daily brief (2/27): Top picks from the Springfield media

ThunderstormsToday will be warmer, with a high of 71, but showers and thunderstorms will move in by mid-day.

There’s a 30 percent chance of storms after 9 a.m. Winds will also be strong, with gusts up to 25 mph.

Skies should clear gradually tomorrow, and the temperatures will drop again, with a high of 49 expected.

For those of you who missed yesterday’s Missouri State Bears men’s basketball game, the team beat Wichita State 69-64 to secure its first Missouri Valley Conference victory. The title guarantees the team a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Numbers show demographic change in the Ozarks. Many area counties and towns showed significant increases in minority populations over the past decade, according to new Census figures.
  • KY3: Branson posts first tourism gains since recession began. Branson saw more visitors in 2010 than in either of the previous two years.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Tips for raising chickens. Local agriculture experts shared their ideas Saturday on raising chickens. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • KSPR: Plans for Nixa skatepark rolling along. Volunteers held a silent auction Saturday to begin raising funds for a $65,000 park.
  • Billy LongNews-Leader: A look at Long’s first weeks in Congress. In November, Rep. Billy Long won the 7th District seat, formerly held by now-Sen. Roy Blunt. Since heading to Washington this year, he has voted closely with the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of conservative lawmakers.

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