Daily brief (11/17): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be sunny but cold, with a high of 49. It will remain clear tonight, and the low will dip to the freezing mark.

Tomorrow will be warmer, with highs pushing toward 60. It will be breezy, though, with gusts of up to 29 mph.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Board rejects appeals by racetrack opponents. The Taney County Board of Adjustment denied five requests to stop the 800-acre Branson Sports Entertainment Complex near Hollister. (Other coverage: KSPR, KY3, OzarksFirst)
  • OzarksFirst: City to buy back land near Expo Center for $1. Springfield is in the process of getting back the land between the Expo Center and the Jordan Valley Car Park after developer John Q. Hammons failed to build a hotel on the site.
  • KY3: City sues to shut down tent city for homeless. Springfield officials have gone to court, asking a judge to stop Rev. Larry Rice from letting homeless people set up tents by his Veterans Coming Home Center near downtown. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • KSPR: Ozarks Food Harvest gets chicken donation. Ozarks Food Harvest is getting a donation of 38,000 pounds of chicken from Tyson Foods Inc. 
  • KSMU: Salvation Army begins its annual kettle drive. The Salvation Army needs 1,000 volunteers for its annual kettle drive fund-raiser. It is also sponsoring a project called Angel Tree to encourage people to buy gifts for children in need.
  • News-Leader: Water conference to address regional issues. The fourth annual Securing Our Water Future conference begins today at University Plaza in Springfield to tackle a number of issues about the area’s water supply.
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