Daily brief (12/20): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be mostly cloudy with areas of drizzle throughout the day. A high of 53 is expected.

There’s a 50 percent chance of rain before midnight, with a possibility of snow mixing in by morning. Skies should clear some tomorrow, making way for partly sunny skies and a high of 46.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Greene County receives credit-rating downgrade. Moody’s Investors Service has dropped Greene County’s credit rating by four levels, although its rating is still in the A range.
  • KY3: Joplin schools begin planning process. Joplin schools have begun demolishing damaged buildings and planning the construction of new schools. Six damaged schools will eventually be demolished and rebuilt.
  • OzarksFirst: Insurance questions delay decision on Branson mall. Simon Properties, which owns Factory Merchants Outlets in Branson, wants to end its lease with the city. The outlet mall generated $18 million during fiscal 2011, about half as much as it brought in during 2004.
  • KSPR: Tickets for First Night now on sale. First Night Springfield, the annual New Year’s Eve communitywide celebration, will feature 20 performers including Downhere and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.
  • OzarksFirst: National Guard opens new helicopter facility in Springfield. A new corrosion control center, which paints National Guard helicopters, has opened in Springfield to service military helicopters. (Other coverage: KTTS)
  • KSMU: Vehicle break-ins a growing but preventable problem. Springfield has seen a spike in the number of vehicle break-ins in the center-city area, contributing to a total of more than 3,600 this year. Police say the solution is simple: Lock your car.
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