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Daily brief (10/12): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will have periods of showers and thunderstorms, with rainfall amounts of up to a quarter of an inch. A high of 71 is expected.

A 30 percent chance of rain continues through tonight, but clear, sunny skies return tomorrow. Tomorrow’s high will be 71 as well.

Today’s picks

  • KY3: Springfield sales-tax revenue increase. Sales-tax revenue for October increased slightly (0.23 percent) from the same month last year, to $3.22 million. Overall, people have been spending more in the area, as the year-to-date total is 8.9 percent above last year’s.
  • News-Leader: Commercial Street looking to extend historic district. Boosters of Commercial Street hope to convert a rutted gravel path into parkland and expanded parking. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • KSPR: Commission wants to hear from public on proposed legislative-district changes. A commission panel of six appeals court judges has taken over redrawing the state’s legislative-district boundaries after a bipartisan legislative panel failed to agree how to redraw the lines.
  • OzarksFirst: College Station announces second tenant; two more in works. The Hamels Foundation, a nonprofit that works to battle poverty, will locate next to a new comedy club. Tim Roth, who is working on leases for the property, says two more tenants are in the works.
  • KY3: Several churches expanding in the area. Local churches including Broadway Baptist Church, Seminole Baptist Temple, and James River Assembly are building new additions and expanding their reach. A Buddhist temple is also planned for the area.
  • OzarksFirst: Endangered-persons advisory issued for Nixa teens. Kevin Merritt, 17, and his sister, Tessa, 15, have been missing since Sunday. Nixa police are treating the case as runaways; however, police said the teens’ father reported receiving a text from his daughter that she needed help. Neither teen is able to drive. (Other coverage: KSPR, KY3)
  • KSMU: Money now available for Joplin homeowners, renters. The state of Missouri is providing funds for Joplin residents who were affected by the tornado this past May and need to repair or rebuild their homes. For more information, contact the State Resource Recovery & Rebuilding Center.
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