Daily brief (4/14): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be partly sunny and windy, with a high in the mid-70s. Wind gusts could reach 35 mph.

A chance of showers and thunderstorms move into the forecast tonight.

Tomorrow will mostly cloudy and cooler, with a high in the mid-50s.

Today’s picks

  • KY3: Springfield Cardinals prepare for home opener. With new concessions and seating areas, the Cardinals hope to have a better year at Hammons Field. The season opens at 7:07 tonight. Tickets are still available. (Other coverage: News-Leader, OzarksFirst)
  • News-Leader: Islamic Center reports threats. Leaders of the Islamic Center of Springfield say they’ve received a threatening letter and found the charred remains of three Qurans. The FBI and Springfield Police Department are investigating.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Springfield opens “green” transportation hub. The Transportation Management Center, a $3.2 million  joint project between the city and the Missouri Department of Transportation, has opened to help manage traffic flow. The 11,500-square-foot building was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Other coverage: KSMU)
  • KY3: Payday loan industry faces new restrictions. The Missouri House has given first-round approval to tighter standards for the payday loan industry, which can charge interest rates as high as 443 percent.
  • News-Leader: State recidivism rate drops. In 2004, Missouri had one of the worst recidivism rates in the nation. After improving training of probation and parole officers and other steps to improve, the rate has dropped dramatically.
  • KSPR: Prescribed burns could cause air-quality problems. Burns planned for the Mark Twain National Forest on the Taney/Ozark county line could create some issues for people in the area with lung problems.
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