Daily brief (3/14): Top picks from the Springfield media

Freezing drizzleToday will be unseasonably cold, with a high of 36 and a chance of freezing drizzle after 1 p.m. It will be rainy and windy, with gusts of up to 23 mph. Tonight will be continued cold, with a low around the freezing mark.

Tomorrow looks brighter, though, with partly sunny skies and a high around 52 expected. Wednesday should be even better, with a high in the 60s.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Wonders of Wildlife to open in 2012. After $80 million of renovation and expansion, the wildlife museum is expected to reopen in 2012 with new aquariums and exhibits. The 300,000-square-foot museum has been closed since 2007.
  • News-Leader: Audit request draws fire from Democrats. State Auditor Tom Schweich is asking the General Assembly for $100,000 to $300,000 more in his budget to conduct audits of the 10 largest state departments. But some Democratic legislators say the office should find a way to work within its existing budget.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Prayer amendment may go to voters. A proposed constitutional amendment is moving through the Missouri General Assembly that emphasize religious freedom of expression in public places.
  • KY3: 515th leaves for Afghanistan. Nearly 80 members of the 515th Engineer Company of Fort Leonard Wood left from Springfield on Sunday morning for Afghanistan.
  • KSPR: Nixa considers bike lanes near schools. Nixa has been awarded a grant for bike lanes near schools, and the Nixa City Council will talk about the possibility of adding lanes at its meeting tonight.

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