Daily brief (3/9): Top picks from the Springfield media

OvercastToday will have a taste of winter.

Clouds will hover throughout the day with chances for drizzle after noon. Today’s high will be 43, although wind-chill values could get as low as 28. A steady wind will have gusts of up to 23 mph.

Tonight, there will be a slight chance of rain and snow, as temperatures dip to 27.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Study will look at expanding bus routes. City Utilities will pay $140,000 to examine the possibility of expanding bus routes outside of Springfield. (Other coverage: KY3)
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Deadline looms for voter registration. Today is the last day to register to vote for the April 5 election. Among the items on the Springfield ballot: mayoral and City Council candidates. (Other coverage: KSPR)
  • News-Leader: Springfield schools want out of MAP. The Springfield school district would be the first Missouri school district to pull out of the statewide testing program, arguing the results come too late to help students.
  • KY3: Cannons vandalized at Wilson’s Creek. Someone stole parts of Civil War-era cannons and rolled one down a hill at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. The National Park Service is working to offer a reward for information that leads to the arrest of the vandals.  People with information can call (417) 732-2662, ext. 274.
  • OzarksFirst: Budget cuts put strain on Parents as Teachers. The successful kindergarten-screening program — which tests 4,000 kids a year — has been struggling with budget cuts over the past year.
  • KSPR: 911 tax meeting in Polk County. County officials will have an information meeting tonight at Simon B’s about a proposed 3/8-cent 911 sales tax.
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