Daily brief (12/28): Top picks from the Springfield media

Springfield MO forecastToday will be sunny and mild, with a high near 53. Tonight will remain clear, and the low will dip to near freezing.

Expect more of the same through New Year’s Day, with clear skies and highs in the 50s.

Today’s picks

  • OzarkFirst: Property taxes due Saturday. Taxes for real estate and personal property are due by Saturday. County sites: Greene | Christian | Webster | Polk | Dallas
  • News-Leader: School district gets chance to respond to audit. Members of the Springfield School Board and the district will meet with the team from Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich’s office tomorrow in a closed session. The district will have the opportunity to clarify or challenge any issues found before the audit becomes public.
  • KY3: Police see spike in reports of home burglaries. Springfield police say they have seen a rise in home burglaries since the holiday season began. Police officials urge residents not to leave out empty electronics boxes from new purchases for trash pickup.
  • KSPR: Barry County cutting deputies, drug program. The Barry County Sheriff has to cut $200,000 from his budget, which means fewer deputies and the elimination of a drug-prevention program.
  • OzarksFirst: Grandparents serving as parents for grandkids. With increases in drug addiction and child abuse in the Ozarks, more area grandparents are serving as parents for their grandchildren.
  • KY3: Last week to give to charities for 2011 tax break. For those hoping to save on their 2011 taxes, donations to eligible charities must be made this week.
  • News-Leader: Work begins on new MSU housing. A new housing complex at Kimbrough Avenue and Madison Street has begun in Springfield for Missouri State University students. Developers hope to complete the project by next fall.
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