Daily brief (2/15): Top picks from the Springfield media

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are expected today, according to the National Weather Service. The high will be 55.

Up to a quarter-inch of rain is possible, although rain could be heavier with thunderstorms. Temperatures will dip to 34, but a 50 percent chance of rain remains in the forecast tonight.

Skies should clear by tomorrow, becoming mostly sunny. A high of 48 is expected. Friday will be even better: Sunny and a high of 58.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: State moves to include cell phones in do-not-call law. The Missouri House of Representatives is reviewing a proposal that would allow residents to add cell phones to the state’s No Call registry.
  • News-Leader: Smoke-ban repeal petition contains flawed language. The petition to repeal Springfield smoking ban and replace it with the previous ordinance contains language that was declared unconstitutional in 2008 by the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • KY3: New arena at Drury receives environmental certification. Drury University has received a gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for energy-saving features on its new O’Reilly Family Event Center. The features cut utility costs by about 40 percent, according to university officials.
  • News-Leader: Missouri Senate jumps into contraception debate. The Missouri Senate committee has approved a measure that would allow employers to refuse to cover birth control, abortions, or sterilization procedures based on religious beliefs. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • KSPR: Auditor says Bolivar misappropriated money. Bolivar Mayor John Best said Tuesday that $500,000 of city money ended up in the wrong account, according to an internal audit.
  • KSPR: $1 million grant to modernize emergency radio system. A $1 million federal grant will help fire departments in Springfield and Greene County upgrade their aging radio systems.
  • KSMU: Child safety program offers free fingerprinting for kids. The Keeping Kids Safe Project by S.I.P. (Safety in Prints) Kids will provide digital-quality fingerprinting for parents to keep on file in case of an emergency. The fingerprinting fair will be from 3-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Reliable Toyota.
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