Daily brief (2/8): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will start foggy and cloudy, but skies should clear gradually, making way for a mostly sunny but cold day. A high of 36 is expected.

Tomorrow will be sunny and a little warmer, with a high of 47. The spike will be temporary, though, as temperatures drop to the low 40s and then the 30s over the weekend. Skies should remain sunny.

Today’s picks

  • E L E C T I O N S (Complete results: KY3)

    • KY3: Santorum wins Missouri primary — but no delegates. Missouri voters in the Republican primary picked Rick Santorum over Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, but the vote will not award any delegates because of a scheduling dispute. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
    • News-Leader: E-Verify bill passes by narrow margin. An ordinance requiring Springfield employers to check employees with the federal E-Verify system passed by 221 votes Tuesday night. (Other coverage: KSPR, KY3, OzarksFirst)
    • OzarksFirst: Nixa voters approve bond issue. Nixa voters approved a $9 million bond issue that will pay for new wings at the high school and junior high, as well as a FEMA shelter at Mathews Elementary, among other projects. The bond issue will not affect the city’s tax rate. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
    • News-Leader: Willard seeks input on tax spending. A half-cent sales-tax in Willard was renewed Tuesday night, and city officials want to hear from the public to help prioritize how to spend the money.
    • News-Leader: Republic passes stormwater sales tax. Republic voters agreed to continue a 1/4-cent sales tax to fund stormwater improvements.
  • KY3: City Council picks three finalists for Zone 1 vacancy. The Springfield City Council has narrowed the field of candidates to replace Councilman Nick Ibarra, who resigned in January. The finalists are Arthur Hodge Sr., Jeff Seifried, and Crystal Quade. The candidates will return for interviews Monday night. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • News-Leader: Textbooks targeted in dorm thefts. Some Missouri State University students have reported thefts of textbooks from their dorm rooms in recent days.
  • KSMU: Habitat for Humanity planning to build six new homes. The Habitat for Humanity in Springfield plans on building six new homes in the Legacy Trails subdivision in north Springfield.
  • KSPR: Christian County putting two tax issues on April ballot. The Christian County Commission is asking voters to continue a quarter-cent sales tax for the county’s justice center and pass an additional quarter-cent sales tax to expand the center.

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