Daily brief (9/18): Top picks from the Springfield media

More rain is expected today, with an 80 percent chance of precipitation.

Today will be warmer, with a high of 75, and windy, as gusts reach speeds of up to 25 mph. Rain is likely to continue tonight, but skies should begin clear tomorrow. Tomorrow’s high will be around 77.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Missouri auditor questions university retention contract with Nietzel. The retention contract between Missouri State University and its former president Mike Nietzel may not have been legal, the state auditor said in an audit of five contracts. The audit says the contract, which may go against state law, is not in the best interests of the university.
  • News-Leader: Greene County employees say local  justice system in crisis. Almost 200 employees working in Greene County signed an open letter to the community, asking for support as overcrowding has affected the local justice system.
  • OzarksFirst: Branson triathlon today; several streets closed. The Branson Ironman Triathlon has begun, and several streets in and around Branson — including parts of Routes 248 and 265 — will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
  • KY3: Statewide effort to crack down on distracted, impaired drivers. Law-enforcement agencies across the state are patrolling Interstate 44 for suspected drunken drivers and those not wearing seat belts this weekend. The effort is made possible by a grant from the Division of Highway Traffic Safety.
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