Daily brief (12/23): Top picks from the Springfield media

Skies will clear gradually throughout the day, but it will remain cold, with a high of 39.

Christmas weekend will be nice, and temperatures will warm a little. Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high of 47, and Christmas will have a high of 49.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: State lawmakers unveil ‘blueprint for Missouri.’ Missouri House Republicans have developed a long-term plan that builds on past ideas. Among the ideas: Changing the prevailing-wage and workers-compensation laws, passing public-school reform, and letting pharmacists decline to fill certain prescriptions for drugs they have a “moral objection” to.
  • KY3: Joplin-area couple moves into new home for the holidays. Thelma and Don Epperson, who lost their home in the May tornado, received a new home, built with the help of volunteers from James River Assembly Church and members of the community. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • KSPR: Band lineup announced for Sertoma Chili Cook-off. A host of bands will be playing on two stages for the Feb. 18 Sertoma Chili Cook-off, including Trash Angels, Machine Gun Symphony, and the HillBenders.
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