Daily brief (1/7): Top picks from the Springfield media

The string of sunny, mild days continues in the Ozarks. Today’s high will be 53.

Tonight will dip to 33, and tomorrow will be partly sunny, with a high of 46. Monday will also be sunny, but a chance of rain moves into the forecast on Tuesday.

 Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Springfield schools considering earlier start. District officials have proposed a 2012-13 calendar that would begin a week earlier, on Aug. 15. (Other coverage: KY3, KSPR)
  • KSPR: Fire marshal seeks help in Walmart investigation. Police and fire officials are asking for the public’s help to track down a person of interest in a New Year’s Eve fire at the Walmart Supercenter at Sunshine Street and Kansas Expressway. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • News-Leader: Highway Patrol reports decline in traffic fatalities. Missouri traffic deaths in 2011 were at their lowest level since 1949. There were 773 crash fatalities, down from 821 the previous year.
  • KY3: Some Springfield postal operations already shifting. Though postal officials are waiting until May to decide the fate of Springfield’s mail-processing facility, some mail is already being shipped to Kansas City for processing.
  • KSMU: Snowy owls appearing more frequently in Missouri. A lack of food in the Arctic has brought more snowy owls to the Ozarks looking for food this winter.

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