Daily brief (2/18): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be cloudy, and rain chances will linger throughout the day and night, according to the National Weather Service. The high will be 46.

Skies should clear out by tomorrow, with a sunny day and a high of 47. Monday will be more of that same: Mostly sunny, with a high of 54.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Council considering ways to spend museum tax funds. The Wonders of Wildlife museum in Springfield plans to give up future revenue from the museum tax district, and the city is considering a couple of options for the money: paying down debt or investing in new facilities.
  • KY3: Basketball player’s family sends thanks to community. Teammates of Spokane student Forrest Varney, who died after collapsing during basketball practice, took the court Friday in his honor, and Varney’s family released an open letter of thanks to the community. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • KSPR: Missouri family farms not continuing. The next generation in farm families are not following the path of their parents, which is leading to a cattle shortage and higher prices.
  • OzarksFirstOzarks gardeners bracing for bug battle. A mild winter means insects will be out in force in the Ozarks as the weather heats up.
  • KY3: History museum moves closer to relocation. The History Museum of Springfield-Greene County is in the process to moving to Park Central Square. For the past three years, the museum has been renovating space in the old Barth’s department store; officials hope the project will be completed next year.
  • TagSGF: Area’s largest gaming conference starts today. Visioncon, now in its 20th year, will host a variety of role-playing and gaming events today and tomorrow at the Howard Johnson hotel in Springfield (formerly the Clarion) (3333 S. Glenstone Ave.).
  • News-Leader: CoxHealth settles one-third of radiation lawsuits. Two years after CoxHealth admitted to exposing  patients to excessive amounts of radiation, 27 of 66 lawsuits against the Springfield hospital have been settled.
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