Daily brief (2/3): Top picks from the Springfield media

Showers likely today, with up to three-quarters of an inch of rain possible. The high will be 53.

Strong winds will remain, and gusts could reach speeds of up to 28 mph. Rain will continue tonight, with another half of an inch possible.

Rain chances taper off to 30 percent tomorrow morning, but the clouds will remain. A high of 54 is expected. Super Bowl Sunday will remain mostly cloudy, and the temperature will drop again. A high of 44 is forecasted.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Smoking ban opponents to put issue back on ballot. Live Free Springfield, a group that formed to oppose Springfield’s smoking ban, says it has gathered enough signature to put a repeal of the ban on the ballot.
  • OzarksFirst: Councilmembers to hold E-Verify news conference today. Springfield Mayor Pro Tem Bob Stephens and other members of the Springfield City Council will have a news conference 10:15 a.m. today at the Busch Municipal Building to talk about the proposed E-Verify ordinance that goes to voters next Tuesday (Feb. 7). (Other coverage: KY3 | PDF of full ballot language [from the League of Women Voters] )
  • KY3: Fort Leonard Wood soldiers to return. More than 75 soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood are expected to return Sunday afternoon from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan. 
  • KSPR: Barry County asking for 911 tax increase. Barry County officials are asking voters to approve a 1/8-cent sales-tax increase to help fund a 911 system started seven years ago.
  • KSMU: Teachers bring art to students with disabilities. Two teachers — Kevin Kloppenberg and Leanna Jackson
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