Daily brief (12/25): Top picks from the Springfield media

Merry Christmas!

It will be a mild day, with sunny skies and a high of 52. Tonight will be partly cloudy and cold, with temperatures dipping to 28.

A 60 percent chance of rain moves into the forecast tomorrow, with up to a quarter of an inch possible. High will be 41. Though the rain may turn to snow overnight Monday, the skies are expected to clear by Tuesday, and little accumulation is expected.

Today’s picks

  • KY3: Army unit arrives home in time for Christmas. About 70 members of the 92nd Military Police Battalion returned home to Fort Leonard Wood from Afghanistan on Saturday. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst, News-Leader, KSPR)
  • News-Leader: Doctors drop Medicare amid uncertainty. Though the temporary agreement in Washington fixes Medicare payments for two months, some Ozarks doctors are tired of the uncertainty revolving around the potential cut in payments to doctors.
  • KSPR: Woman gives gifts to Joplin victims. Every year, Springfieldian Frances Youngblood gives gifts to strangers. This year, she decided to travel to Joplin and share her Christmas spirit with victims of the Joplin tornado.
  • TAGsgf: Annual basketball tournaments set to begin. The 66th annual Blue and Gold  (boys basketball) and Pink and White (girls basketball) tournaments are set to begin at Monday at Hammons Student Center and JQH Arena at Missouri State University. (Other coverage: KSPR, News-Leader | Pink and White Tournament pairings: KSPR)
  • OzarksFirst: Crowd expected for ‘Christmas alone’ dinner. First and Calvary Presbyterian Church will be hosting its 30th annual Christmas dinner today for those alone on Christmas Day. There will be three available times for seating: 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 1 p.m. (Other coverage: KY3)
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