Daily brief (1/9): Top picks from the Springfield media

The clouds will clear out today, and skies will be sunny. High will be 52.

Though tonight will remain clear, a slight chance of rain moves into the forecast tomorrow. Those chances dissipate by tomorrow night, though, and Wednesday is expected to start another string of clear days.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: OTC president blasts national report on dropouts. A national report by the American Institutes for Research shows that 18 percent of full-time, degree-seeking students at Ozarks Technical Community College did not return for a second year. But college president Hal Higdon and other have criticized the report for faulty analysis.
  • OzarksFirst: Insurance rates up in Joplin. Homeowners will see insurance rates rise because of the May tornadoes and other natural disasters that led to insurance payouts.
  • KY3: Salvation Army still short of campaign goal. The bell ringers have stopped, but the Salvation Army is still $150,000 short of its $1 million Tree of Life goal.
  • KSPR: Nixa drawing new district boundaries for elementaries. With Thomas Elementary becoming a magnet school, the Nixa School District must create new boundaries to divide elementary students among the four remaining elementaries.

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