Daily brief (1/24): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be another unseasonably warm day, with sunny skies and a high of 57

An 80 percent chance of showers moves into the forecast tonight, though, and rain is likely tonight and tomorrow. A thunderstorm is possible tomorrow; the high will be 41. The rain should dissipate by Thursday.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: Republic leaders approve annexation of land for equestrian center. The Republic City Council on Monday approved annexing several tracts of land designated for a proposed $350 million equestrian center. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • News-Leader: Missouri Hotel cleanup going better than expected. A Missouri Hotel officials said Monday it’s possible some residents of the homeless shelter could begin moving back in by week’s end.
  • KY3: Councilman wants voters to decide fate of red-light cameras. Springfield City Councilman Tommy Bieker is sponsoring an ordinance to put the future of the red-light cameras in the hands of the voters.
  • KSPR: Webster County Library mulls future of Fordland High School collection. The Webster County Library supplies 1,500 books to Fordland High School, but lack of use is leading library officials to question whether the cost is worth it.
  • KSMU: Task force on child abuse wants to hear from public. The state of Missouri has established the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children, and its members want to hear from the public to discover ways to help prevent child sexual abuse.
  • News-Leader: Proposed cuts in higher education spark debate. Gov. Jay Nixon has called for more than $100 million in cuts to higher education, putting funding at 1997 levels, and he’s asked institutions not to raise tuition. But some worry that will result in a cuts-only approach.
  • OzarksFirst: Conservation officials: Don’t plant Bradford pear trees. The Missouri Conservation Department is asking residents not to plant Bradford pear trees, which is not native to Missouri and spreads quickly.
  • KY3: Smillie’s Market to close. Smillie’s Market on Glenstone Avenue, an independent, locally owned grocery store, will close later this year after 19 years in business.
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