Daily brief (1/14): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be sunny and slightly warmer, with a high of 42. Winds will be steady at 7 to 10 mph, but may gust up to 24 mph.

The warming trend continues tomorrow and Monday, as the highs head toward 60. Rain is expected Monday night, and temperatures will fall to a more seasonable level next week.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Joplin community comes together to watch show. Members of the Joplin community huddled around televisions Friday as the final episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” recapped the seven homes that were built in seven days for families in the city. (Other coverage: KY3, News-Leader, OzarksFirst  | Convoy of Hope donates $1 million to Joplin victims: KY3)
  • News-Leader: Sen. Blunt undergoes coronary procedure. U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri had a “routine and successful” coronary procedure at George Washington University Hospital after doctors discovered a blockage in an artery.
  • OzarksFirst: Child Advocacy Center sponsoring blanket drive. The Child Advocacy Center in Springfield is seeking donations of blankets to provide to children who come into the center’s care.
  • News-Leader: Nixa School Board extends superintendent’s contract. The Nixa School Board extended the contract of Superintendent Stephen Kleinsmith through the 2014-15 school year. He also refused a raise.
  • KY3: Sparta fire district needs volunteer firefighters. The Sparta Fire Protection District in rural Christian County is in need of volunteers, especially in the outlying sections of its coverage area.
  • KSMU: Winter storm affects blood donations. The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has put out a call for blood donations, as the winter weather canceled blood drives at area schools, a prime source of donations during this time of year.
  • News-Leader: Kickapoo seeking donations of dresses. Kickapoo High School is seeking donations of special-occasion dresses through the end of February. The dresses will be cleaned, mended and sold in March at a fundraiser to benefit the school’s Helping Us Graduate fund, which helps struggling students participate in school functions to encourage them to complete their education.
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