Daily brief (1/15): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be sunny but breezy, with a high of 53. Winds could gust as high of 33 mph.

Clouds will move in tonight, and scattered sprinkles are possible after midnight. Martin Luther King Day will be warmer still, with a high of 62, but forecasters say there will be a 20 percent chance of showers, and gusty winds will remain. Rain chances increase to 50 percent on Monday night, but skies should clear by Tuesday.

The cold returns Tuesday, though, as a high of 34 is expected.

Online feature to view: The News-Leader has added new before/after pictures to its History Revealed site, including shots of Park Central Square and downtown Springfield.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Group breaks ground on Buddhist temple. A group of Buddhist congregants have broken ground on what will be Springfield’s first Buddhist temple. The nearest temples currently are in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Tulsa. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • KY3: Transitional housing gets approval in Lebanon. The Laclede House will use an old church to provide a transitional house for eight men trying to get off drugs.
  • KSPR: MoCHIP program helps law enforcement find children. The MoCHIP program puts your child’s name, photo, and DNA samples into a database to help find them in cases of disappearance. (Other coverage: KY3)
  • KSMU: Symphony announces conductor finalists. The Springfield Symphony announced six finalists for conductor this week, and the candidates come from around the country.
  • OzarksFirst: Replanting continues still after 2007 ice storm. It’s been five years since the devastating ice storm that struck the Ozarks, but replanting still continues to restore the trees and foliage lost because of the storm. (Other coverage: KY3, KSPR, News-Leader)
  • News-Leader: Republic places two issues on Feb. 7 ballot. The city of Republic is asking for a 1/4-cent sales tax to fund stormwater improvements, and it is asking voters to approve a new fee schedule for new sewer and water customers.

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