Daily brief (9/21): Top picks from the Springfield media

Another perfect September day is in store for the Ozarks: Partly sunny, with a high of 73.

The low dips down to 49 tonight, and rain chances move into the forecast tomorrow. Although there’s a 50 percent chance of showers, tomorrow will be partly sunny, with a high of 67.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Thousands of Missouri bridges deemed ‘structurally deficient.’ Transportation for America, a coalition of organizations hoping to improve the U.S. transportation infrastructure, said Missouri ranked seventh in the nation for the most structurally deficient bridges in the nation. One in five bridges in the state are considered deficient.
  • OzarksFirst: City mulls landfill-powered greenhouse for local produce. Springfield is considering a 30,000-square-foot greenhouse powered by renewable energy generated by the Springfield landfill. A community open house about the idea will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Springfield/Greene County Botanical Center (2400 S. Scenic Ave.).
  • News-Leader: Councilwoman says CU unclear on questions. Though City Utilities is considered a top utility in the industry, Councilwoman Cindy Rushefsky voted against the municipal utility’s$530 million budget because of unclear answers to questions she raised. The budget still passed. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • News-Leader: Blunt to lead Romney team. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri has thrown his support behind Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and the senator will lead efforts to build support among congressional lawmakers.
  • OzarksFirst: OTC enrollment up 9.1 percent. Ozarks Technical Community College officially has 15,179 students enrolled, up 9.1 percent from last fall. Its biggest growth came at its new satellite center in Waynesville.
  • KY3: The Progress Report: Updates on several area construction projects. Work is proceeding on several major commercial projects in the region, including a new 10-screen movie theater in Ozark and a Bandana’s Bar-B-Q in Nixa.
  • KSMU: Symphony director stepping down after this year. After seven years as director of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, director Ron Spiegelman is stepping down. During his tenure, attendance doubled, and the orchestra began performing more frequently. Spiegelman will remain in Springfield but felt it was time to move on.
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