Daily brief (3/29): Top picks from the Springfield media

WeatherToday will be a wet one.

Showers are likely this afternoon after 1, with a quarter inch of rain possible. It will be cloudy all day, with a high of 49.

Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with slightly warmer temperatures, but the clouds and rain chances return tomorrow night. Skies should clear out by this weekend, though.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Proposed smoking ban draws funding beyond Springfield. Citizens for Clean Air Springfield has raised more than $65,000, while Live Free Springfield, which opposes the proposed smoking ban, has raised $13,566 for the April 5 election.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Japanese steakhouse sees overwhelming support for fund-raiser. Monday, dozens came to Nakato Japanese Steakhouse near Battlefield Mall, which donated all of the night’s receipts to help victims of the Japanese earthquake. (Other coverage: KY3, KSPR)
  • KY3: Cardinals exhibition game canceled, but fans will be compensated. Tonight’s game featuring the St. Louis Cardinals has been canceled because of weather, but ticket holders will get a ticket to a similar exhibition game in March. (Other coverage: KSPR)
  • News-Leader: Campaign finance reports updated in council races. Thomas Bieker, a candidate for General Council Seat D, had the biggest gain in money for the period.
  • KSMU: Park Board offers spring activities. The Springfield Greene County Park Board is hosting a number of activities this spring, including an Earth Day cleanup and float.

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