Daily brief (11/7): Top picks from the Springfield media

It will be a wet couple of days in the Ozarks. There’s a 90 percent chance of showers today, and forecasters say it will rain tonight and tomorrow, with thunderstorms likely.

Today’s high will be 66, and tomorrow’s high will be in the mid 60s as well. After the storms move through, Wednesday will be clear but cold, with a high in the upper 40s.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: Former Rep. Mel Hancock dies at age 82. Longtime Ozarks legislator Mel Hancock, who served in both the Missouri General Assembly and the U.S. Congress, died Sunday. He was 82. Among his accomplishments: Missouri’s Hancock Amendment, which limits state spending. (Other coverage: News-Leader, KY3)
  • News-Leader: Staffing low for Caring Communities. The state-funded Caring Communities program, which links low-income families with community resources, has lost much of its funding and is struggling to meet its original goals.
  • KSPR/SBJ: Hammons Hotels forging ahead. A year ago, Jacquie Dowdy took over as CEO of the Springfield-based Hammons Hotels. Officials with Hammons Hotels say Springfield developer John Q. Hammons is doing well, and the company is continuing with its projects despite some funding issues.
  • News-Leader: Many college students relying more on loans. Missouri college graduates left with more debt in 2010 than 2009, according to a recent report. The average student debt in Missouri was $22,601, up 6 percent from $21,360, according to the Project on Student Debt.
  • KY3: Springfield restaurant catches fire overnight. At about 2 a.m. today, Little Tokyo on North Glenstone Avenue caught fire. Though firefighters extinguished the blaze, the eatery sustained extensive smoke and water damage. The fire’s cause is still under investigation.

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