Daily brief (2/5): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be cloudy with a chance of drizzle, but the skies should clear gradually as kickoff time for the Super Bowl approaches. Temperatures will return to a more seasonable high of 43. The low tonight will dip to 26.

Tomorrow will be sunny with a high of 46. Highs should remain in the 40s for the week. Though some clouds are expected  Tuesday, no rain is in the forecast.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: Governor announces Habitat home challenge for Joplin. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, in conjunction with the Habitat for Humanity, is challenging Missouri citizens to build 35 homes in Joplin over the next year. (Other coverage: KY3)
  • News-Leader: Variety of local issues on Tuesday ballot. A number of local issues are on the ballot Tuesday, including tax issues in Republic and Willard, and a proposal in Springfield that would require all businesses to check their employees through the federal E-Verify system. (Other coverage: KY3: Barry County 911 on ballot | Christian County Headliner: Nixa School District preparing for bond vote)
  • KY3: Police seeing increase in credit-card fraud. Springfield police are warning businesses to double-check credit cards for the possibility of identity theft and fraud.
  • KSPR: Farmers Market flap forces competition. After the Greater Springfield Farmers Market put a no-compete clause into place, several of its farmers broke off to form their own market. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • News-Leader: Investigating child abuse takes its toll. The News-Leader begins a two-part series today taking a closer look at the people who work on behalf of victims of child abuse. It’s another installment of a yearlong look at combating child abuse in the Ozarks.

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