Daily brief (12/21): Top picks from the Springfield media

Clouds will decrease throughout the day, and skies will become sunny. The high will be 46.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny, with a high near 48. Though clouds will return Thursday night and Friday, no precipitation is expected. Christmas Day should be sunny.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: Chamber of Commerce opposes E-Verify ordinance. The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors voted unanimously to oppose the city’s proposed ordinance on the ballot that would require all business to screen employees using the federal E-Verify system. The chamber’s board expressed concern about the potential costs.
  • KY3: Nixa Education Foundation teams up with Amazon. The Nixa Education Foundation is one of the first in the country to team up with Amazon for the online retailer’s Create Excitement for Public Schools Initiative, which provides a portion of sales to the foundation.
  • News-Leader: Republic school board doesn’t extend superintendent’s contract. The Republic School Board voted 4-3 not to renew the contract of Superintendent Vern Minor, which expires in 2013.
  • KSPR: Rebuild Joplin to welcome family into new home. Rebuild Joplin has finished its first house for a family who lost their home in the May tornado that devastated Joplin.
  • KSMU: Rose Parade float to honor Ozarks teen who died in crash. Mariah West, who died the day before her high-school graduation three years ago, will be honored with other organ donors by the Heartland Lions Eye Bank.

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