Daily brief (10/26): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today has an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms, with a high of 63 expected.

Periods of showers will continue through tonight, and a 40 percent chance of rain remains through tomorrow. After a cloudy start, tomorrow will become mostly sunny, and the high is expected to reach 54.

Highs in the low 60s are expected into the weekend.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Homelessness up in Christian County. The Christian County Homeless Alliance found that the school year in Nixa started with more than 100 homeless students, up more than tenfold from the 2010-11 school year.
  • KY3: Red-light ruling may pave way for Springfield to turn cameras back on. A state appeals court has upheld a $100 fine for people caught on camera running red lights in a St. Louis suburb, saying the fine is a civil penalty, not a criminal violation. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • KSPR: Branson’s new chief plan community-policing push. Branson Police Chief Kent Crutcher wants his officers to connect more closely with residents and businesses through community policing, where officers get to know their beats and the people who live in them.
  • OzarksFirst: Ribbon-cutting for Sequiota Park tomorrow. The $1.8 million waterway improvement project at Sequiota Park in southwest Springfield is complete, and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board will unveil the upgraded bridges and water channel at a ribbon-cutting event at 10 a.m. Thursday.
  • KY3: Group helps immigrants integrate into the Ozarks. Open Horizons in Hollister is connecting immigrants with bilingual lawyers, insurance companies, and churches in an effort to help them assimilate to the Ozarks. If you are interested in helping, contact the group at (417) 334-9979.
  • KSMU: Animal-rescue organization celebrates 10 years. The Castaway Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) rescues animals and sets up adoptions from the city’s animal-control shelter. More than 8,000 animals have been saved through the group’s efforts. Springfield’s mayor honored the group by declaring Tuesday Castaway Animal Rescue Effort Recognition Day. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
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