Daily brief (2/13): Top picks from the Springfield media

A winter weather advisory remains in effect today. Snow has coated the Ozarks overnight, and several schools — including all Christian County schools, Republic, and Branson — have canceled classes.

Periods of snow will continue before noon, and then the precipitation will change to a mix of snow and freezing rain. Wind-chill values will be as low as 15, and the temperature will peak right at the freezing mark.

Total accumulation of 1-2 inches is possible throughout the day.

Snow and freezing drizzle are expected to continue into the night, with another half inch of accumulation possible.

The winter weather will clear tomorrow, though, with partly sunny skies and a high of 44 expected. Clouds return Wednesday, but it will be warm enough that precipitation will be rain. High will be 50.

Highs will hover in the upper 40s and lower 50s for the rest of the week.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: Your Vote Counts initiative making way across state. A statewide petition to make it more difficult for the House and Senate to amend voter-approved initiatives is making its way across the state. The effort is led by Your Vote Counts, a group based in St. Louis that includes state Rep. Scott Sifton.
  • KSPR: Animal issues among items on City Council agenda. Springfield City Council members are considering creating the Animal Issues Task Force to evaluate the city’s animal shelter and the city’s pet ordinances. (Other coverage: News-Leader | Council expected to name replacement for Zone 1 seat: OzarksFirst)
  • News-Leader: Officers train to deal with mental illness. Springfield police and Greene County sheriff’s deputies have a new specialized training program that shows them how to understand and interact with people who have mental illness.
  • KY3: American Heart Association holds open casting call. Local women dealing with heart disease shared their stories with the American Heart Association, hoping to become part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the disease.
  • OzarksFirst: Republic schools gain statewide recognition. Republic schools received a top state award from the Missouri State Teachers Association for promoting education in the community.
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