Daily brief (5/19): Top picks from the Springfield media

A chance of showers and thunderstorms will linger in the forecast for the next few days.

Today, the chance is 30 percent, with mostly cloudy skies and a high of 74. Tonight, the low dips to 64, and the temperature will head back up to 76 tomorrow. Rain is likely after 1 p.m. Friday, with a half inch of rain possible.

Several parts of the Ozarks, including parts of Cedar, Dade, Polk, and Vernon counties, remain under flash flood warnings.

Sleepless in Springfield?

Two outlets (KY3, OzarksFirst) have landed on the story guaranteed to get people talking: Springfield is ranked fourth in the number of people who have insomnia or sleep disorders in a Daily Beast poll conducted with the help of Experian Simmons.

As with many studies passing themselves off as research, it’s not clear how accurate this poll is. The site doesn’t offer a detailed methodology of how it conducted the poll. Though Experian is a credible outlet, it doesn’t explain the sampling method for conducting the poll or share its original questionnaire.

KY3 calls the study a “non-scientific poll” — which should be read as “meaningless” — but doesn’t reveal why it’s non-scientific.

But some clues do raise questions about this poll’s validity. Several commenters on the Daily Beast story question the population counts. Indeed, the article lists the Springfield metro area as having more than 808,000 people; the Census Bureau’s count of the metro area is closer to 335,000.

The top 10 cities range between 7.6 and 10.2 percent in the number of people who said they had trouble sleeping in the past year.

Which is little surprise, considering 1 in 10 Americans (10 percent) reported in a more rigorous study that they did not get a good night’s sleep in the previous month.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Plans for race track under way in Taney County. Plans for the Branson Sports and Entertainment Complex, which includes a 65,000-seat speedway, have been submitted to the Taney County Planning and Zoning Commission. The project includes a three-track design that includes lengths of 3/8-mile, 3/4-mile, and 2 1/2-miles.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: OTC to graduate 1,000 tonight. Gov. Jay Nixon will address the graduating class at Ozarks Technical Community College at 6 tonight at JQH Arena.
  • News-Leader: Designers remove plans to expand Farm Road 170. Plans to expand Greene County Farm Road 170 to four lanes as a route to a proposed 60/65 development has been dropped.
  • KY3: Food pantries fear fewer donations with expiration of tax incentives. A legislative statement at the Missouri General Assembly led to the expiration of tax credits for food donations.
  • News-Leader: Neighbors oppose new bus transfer station site. City Utilities wants to build a new transfer station at Kimbrough Avenue and Elm Street, but the Historic Walnut Street Association and other nearby property owners object to the plan.
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