Daily brief (1/18): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 41. Winds could gust up to 23 mph throughout the day, and the low will dip to 29 tonight.

Tomorrow will be another sunny day, with a high of 44. Expect more of the same for the rest of week.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Branson racetrack developer wants lighter noise restrictions. Developers of the Branson Sports Entertainment Complex will ask the Taney County Board of Adjustment today to reconsider noise restrictions on the massive project.
  • News-Leader: Nixon speech focuses on jobs. During Tuesday’s State of the State address, Gov. Jay Nixon outlined a seven-part plan as a proposal for helping to boost the state’s economy. The Democratic governor faces a Republican House and Senate during an election year, though, which likely will affect his ability to get much of the proposal passed. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • KY3: Scrap-metal ordinance has helped catch criminals. A scrap-metal ordinance enacted to catch metal thieves has led to dozens of arrests, although it has meant more work for Springfield’s scrap yards.
  • News-Leader: Court rejects Senate district map for Greene County. The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected two Senate districts for Greene County drawn by a panel of appeals court justices.
  • OzarksFirst: Libraries holding Food for Fines drive. The Springfield-Greene County Library District is once again holding its Food for Fines program, allowing overdue patrons to donate food to pay off fines.
  • KSPR: Petition circulating to keep alcohol out of fairgrounds. A group of north Springfield churches are circulating a petition to keep alcohol out of the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds’ board has asked the City Council for permission to serve alcohol at events other than the Ozark Empire Fair.

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