Daily brief (12/30): Top picks from the Springfield media

Another sunny day with unseasonably warm temperatures is in store for the Ozarks. Skies will remain clear, and today’s high will be 58.

Tomorrow will be sunny but breezy, with gusts of up to 29 mph. High will be 62. New Year’s Day will cool down, as the high dips to 46.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: Full night of activities for First Night Springfield. First Night Springfield 2012 is a family-friendly event that takes place in downtown Springfield on New Year’s Eve. More than 20 performances are planned.
  • KSPR: CU alters bus schedule for New Year’s. CU Transit Services will be operating on a modified holiday schedule on New Year’s Day.
  • KY3: Project to provide storm shelters in Joplin. Project JOMO is trying to provide affordable — and in some cases, free — storm shelters for households throughout Joplin.
  • News-Leader: Kwanzaa celebration brings families together. A Thursday community event sponsored by the Ladies Civic League highlighted the principles of Kwanzaa, a holiday to celebrate the “first fruit,” or harvest.
  • OzarksFirst: No Springfield Sears or Kmart stores on initial list. A partial list of 79 Sears and Kmart stores slated to close (PDF) had no Springfield locations on it. Sears (Other coverage: KY3)
  • News-Leader: Grants aid DWI enforcement. With grants from the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department and the Springfield Police Department received new vehicles specifically designed for DWI enforcement.
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