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Daily brief (1/20): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be mostly cloudy, with a high of 44. A 20 percent of showers enters the forecast after 3 p.m.

Rain chance will linger through the night, as the low dips to 22. Tomorrow, the clouds will clear, but the high will remain in the low 40s, and we’ll get a bit of a spike on Sunday, with the high rising into the upper 50s.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: Six injured in early morning fire at Missouri Hotel. A fire in a second-floor room of the Missouri Hotel overnight was contained to the room, but six people were hospitalized for smoke inhalation and other issues. Dozens of people were evacuated from the homeless shelter. The fire’s cause is still under investigation. (Other coverage: KSPR, KY3, News-Leader)
  • KSPR: Taney County board makes adjustments for race track. The Taney County Board of Adjustment has allowed a proposed $250 million race track to be built in phases and set the noise level at 68 decibels. The developers had wanted the level set at 85 decibels.
  • KY3: Burglaries rise in Greene County’s outlying towns. In the last four months of 2011, Greene County residents reported 253 burglaries, according to the Sheriff’s Department. That’s a 20 percent rise from the same period a year ago.
  • News-Leader: Task force discusses sales tax. Greene County Circuit Clerk Steve Helms spoke against a proposed law-enforcement sales tax at a Thursday meeting of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Local Issues Public Policy Task Force.
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