Daily brief (9/13): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be sunny and hot, with  a high of 92. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m., though, and rain chances will increase through tomorrow.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy, with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The high will be 79.

Today’s picks

  • KY3: Uninsured drivers a growing risk on Missouri roads. About 14% of Missouri drivers do not have insurance, about the national average, according to numbers from the Insurance Research Council.
  • News-Leader: Missouri unemployment up slightly to 8.8%. Missouri’s unemployment rate rose 0.1% in August to 8.8%; that rate was down, however, from August 2010. (Other coverage: KY3, OzarksFirst)
  • News-Leader: Floods disrupt coal shipments to City Utilities. The municipal utility in Springfield usually has 30-45 days’ worth of coal supplies, but spring floods have damaged rail lines in Wyoming that usually deliver coal. Its coal supplies have dropped to less than a 10-day supply.
  • OzarksFirst: Senate gives initial approval for bill that would fix Facebook law. The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a law that would allow districts to set their own policies regarding teacher communication on social-networking sites such as Facebook. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • KSPR: Missouri college among first to drug-test all students. Linn State Technical College in Osage County is the first Missouri college to require all students to undergo a drug test.

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