Daily brief (12/22): Top picks from the Springfield media

With the passage of the winter solstice, winter is officially here. And we may even get a few flurries tonight.

Today will be mostly cloudy, with a high of 43. Temperatures will dip into the 20s tonight and bring a chance of flurries.

Clouds will clear tomorrow, and the high will be around 39. Christmas weekend should be mild, with sunny skies and highs in the mid 40s.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: EPA’s new rules could mean change for James River Power Station. New federal regulations that go into effect in 2015 will require stricter limits on mercury pollution. Options for the James River Power Station — which currently exceeds those new limits — include converting to natural gas. (Other coverage: KY3)
  • KSMU: Postal Service to hold public meeting. The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public meeting Jan. 4 about the future of the Springfield processing facility on Chestnut Expressway. The proposed closing of the facility would eliminate a total of 53 positions, as many of the 270 employees at the facility would be offered transfers to Kansas City.
  • OzarksFirst: County prosecutor trying to make cuts work. Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson’s office saw more felony cases being filed while his budget dropped 5.5 percent.
  • KSPR: Springfield among cities that gained jobs in 2011. The number of people employed in Springfield rose 5 percent over the last year, putting it among the top cities for job growth, according to 24/7 Wall Street.
  • KSPR: Habitat for Humanity to dedicate three Springfield houses. Springfield’s Habitat for Humanity has completed three houses and will dedicate them at a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. today at the 3100 block of West Chestnut Expressway.
  • News-Leader: Legislator proposing overhaul of Missouri criminal code. State Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, has proposed a sweeping revision of Missouri’s criminal code, which hasn’t been updated in 30 years and doesn’t tackle such issues as ongoing drug problems or identity theft.
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