Daily brief (10/18): Top picks from the Springfield media

After a cloudy start, the skies will become mostly sunny. A high of 57 is expected.

Highs will remain in the 50s for the next couple of days, but skies should remain clear through the weekend.

Today’s picks

  • KY3: Greene County Commission puts law tax on ballot in split vote. The Greene County Commission voted 2-1 to put a 1/8-cent law-enforcement sales tax on the April 2013 ballot. Presiding Commissioner Jim Viebrock, who said he had unanswered questions about the proposal, voted against the idea. (Other coverage: KSPR, News-Leader, OzarksFirst)
  • News-Leader: Bolivar mourns, remembers three teens. Fellow students were coping with the deaths of three Bolivar teens — Daniella Ayala, 15; Gabriella Ayala, 13; and Alexis N. Bootier, 15. The three died after the pickup they were riding in failed to stop at a T intersection, went through a fence, overturned, and hit a building. (Other coverage: KSPR, KY3, OzarksFirst)
  • KSPR: Council passes declaration to allow for shelters. The Springfield City Council has passed an “economic and housing access calamity” declaration, which means that churches and agencies that meet building, safety and health codes may provide food and shelter to the homeless and unemployed.
  • OzarksFirst: Dickerson Park Zoo unveils water improvements. The Dickerson Park Zoo has completed $723,000 in improvements that includes a new 38-foot pedestrian bridge, improved basins to remove pollutants from animal exhibits, and excavation for two rain gardens. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • KY3: Lieutenant governor says senior face in-home care crisis. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says the recent cancellation of the contract with Syncare, which handled in-home contract approval for Medicaid in Missouri, has led to a backlog of 9,000 seniors waiting for assessment. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • KSMU: Nixa school officials visit White House. Kevin Kopp, director of wellness for Nixa schools and principal of High Pointe Elementary, was invited to the White House after High Pointe received a bronze award for its wellness efforts.

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