Daily brief (1/27): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be partly sunny with a slight chance of showers after noon, according to the National Weather Service in Springfield. The high will be 52.

Tonight will be cold, as the low dips to 25 and brings a chance of snow. The weekend will be sunny, though, with highs in the 40s.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Evangel mourns soldier killed in Afghanistan. 1st Lt. David Johnson, a leader in Evangel University’s ROTC, was killed in Afghanistan by a bomb, and the Evangel community joined together at a Thursday service to remember the student, soldier and friend. (Other coverage: KY3, OzarksFirst)
  • OzarksFirst: Misappropriated money has Taney County, school searching for fix. For 10 years, money from a utility tax went to the wrong school in Taney County. Now, the county collector and the schools are trying to work out a fix for an error that has totaled $450,000.
  • KSMU: Area superintendents call upon state to amend funding formula. About 20 superintendents from around the Ozarks gathered Thursday and agreed the state’s funding formula for schools is broken. (Other coverage: News-Leader, OzarksFirst)
  • News-Leader: E-Verify rivals spend more money on Springfield measure. Proponents and opponents have spent thousands of dollars in advance of the Feb. 7 election that includes a ballot measure that would require all Springfield employers to check employees with the federal E-Verify system.
  • KSPR: Drury students offering tax help. Drury student volunteers will help low-income residents and seniors prepare their tax forms through March.
  • KY3: Construction begins on new C of O school. College of the Ozarks is converting the R.M. Good Memorial Center into a college preparatory high school. The new headmaster will begin next month and decide when the application process for new students will begin.

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