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

Today will be another seasonably gorgeous day, with mostly sunny skies and a high of 62.

Rain chances enter the forecast tonight. A 40 percent chance of rain improves to 100 percent tomorrow. A thunderstorm is possible, and gusts of up to 29 mph will blow through the Ozarks. Up to three-quarters of an inch of rain is expected.

The rain should taper off and the winds should die down by Saturday, but the clouds will remain, and the high will be 55. Super Bowl Sunday will be partly sunny but cooler, with a more seasonable high of 44.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: City Council hopefuls to appear tonight. Springfield City Council members will hear from eight potential candidates tonight to replace former Zone 1 Councilman Nick Ibarra, who resigned last month. The council will vote on its top choices at a Feb. 7 lunch meeting, and the top three will return for more in-depth interviews. (Other coverage: KSPR)
  • KSPR: CoxHealth, Mercy both interested in Skaggs partnership. Springfield’s CoxHealth and Mercy Health System are both interested the open invitation of Skaggs Regional Health Center in Branson for a strategic partnership. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst, KY3)
  • KY3: DGB heading to Mizzou. In one of the most anticipated high-school player signings in the nation, Hillcrest star Dorial Green-Beckham signed a letter of intent to go the University of Missouri to play football. (Other coverage: KSMU, KSPR, News-Leader, OzarksFirst)
  • KSPR: Former Missouri State coach Charlie Spoonhour dies. St. Louis University officials confirmed that basketball coach Charlie Spoonhour died Wednesday at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C., at the age of 72. (Other coverage: KSMU, News-Leader, OzarksFirst)
  • News-Leader: Audit of China branch campus is fair, MSU official says. A 10-page report reviewing the operations of Missouri State University’s China campus revealed several financial oddities, including $40,000 wrongly paid out of an MSU bank account.
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