Daily brief (11/6): Top picks from the Springfield media

Before you check the weather, before you do anything else today, you owe it to yourself to read Bob Linder’s wonderful look back at Joe Gamel’s service station on Benton Avenue.

It’s one of the most enjoyable pieces I’ve read in the News-Leader in a long time. Bob is also one of the best journalists I’ve ever worked with, so any chance I get to highlight his incredible work is always a plus.

As far as the weather, a chance of rain moves into the forecast today, although the temperature will be mild. A high of 66 is expected.

Rain chances increase throughout the day, with showers likely tonight. Rain will continue tomorrow and Wednesday with highs in the 60s. The skies should clear by Thursday, but temperatures will dip back into the 40s.

Also, don’t forget that we’re back on Standard Time. You were supposed to have turned your clock back an hour last night.

Today’s picks

  • KY3: Oklahoma earthquake felt in the Ozarks. A 5.6 earthquake in Oklahoma struck last night, with the epicenter about 4 miles east of Sparks. It was the most powerful in a series of nine quakes in the area yesterday. (Other coverage: KSPR, OzarksFirst, News-Leader)
  • News-Leader: Hotel readies for expansion. The Ramada Oasis & Convention Center is starting a 13,000-square-foot expansion for its 30,000-square-foot convention center in north Springfield.
  • OzarkFirst: McCaskill visits Springfield to evaluate cemetery management. Sen. Claire McCaskill visited Springfield’s Missouri Veterans Cemetery this weekend to learn from its tracking methods for grave sites to help Arlington National Cemetery. (Other coverage: KY3, News-Leader)
  • KSPR: Andy Williams getting treatment for bladder cancer. Andy Williams, a longtime fixture in the Branson entertainment scene, is cutting back on performances while undergoing treatment for bladder cancer.
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