Daily brief (2/1): Top picks from the Springfield media

The skies should clear some today, become partly sunny with a high of 62. It will be clear and colder tonight, as the low dips to 35.

Tomorrow will be another nice day: mostly sunny skies and a high of 63. Showers are likely Friday and possible Saturday, and highs will dip into the 50s.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Ozarks Food Harvest gets $100,000 donation. The Jeanette L. Musgrave Foundation is giving gifts totaling $100,000 to seven member pantries of Ozarks Food Harvest.
  • News-Leader: E-Verify panel inspires applause, heckles. A forum Tuesday night brought out about 100 members from the community to hear arguments for and against a ballot measure requiring all Springfield businesses to check employees with the federal E-Verify system. (Other coverage: KY3, OzarksFirst)
  • KSMU: St. John’s officially changes name to Mercy. St. John’s Health System in Springfield has always been run by the Sisters of Mercy, but only now will it change its name to Mercy. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • OzarksFirst: Nixa parents, students preview magnet school. The John Thomas School of Discovery Magnet School opened its doors to prospective students on Tuesday night.
  • News-Leader: Farmers market board approves no-compete clause. The Greater Springfield Farmers Market board had already voted before a Monday night membership meeting to approve a no-compete clause for its vendors, and some members are not pleased with the decision.
  • KY3: Rec center delays disappoint MSU students. Because of weather delays, the opening date for Missouri State University’s new recreation center has been pushed back again — this time, until next fall.
  • KSPR: Today is deadline for absentee ballots. Today is the last day to request an absentee ballot for the Feb. 7 election, which includes tax issues in Republic and Willard as well as the E-Verify proposal in Springfield.

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