Daily brief (2/20): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will have increasing clouds as the day progresses, with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. A high of 52 is expected.

Tonight, rain is likely with periods of showers and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight. It will be breezy, with winds gusting up to 33 mph.

Skies should clear by tomorrow, which will be mostly sunny. A high near 53 is expected. The rest of the week should be mild, as highs top the 60-degree mark on Wednesday and Thursday.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: MSU adding finishing touches to rec center. Workers are finishing the Foster Recreation Center on the Missouri State University campus. The $30 million project, which has been delayed by weather, is schedule to open in June.
  • KY3: University of Missouri curators considering tuition hike. After the governor announced cuts to higher-education funding, the University of Missouri Board of Curators plans to look at tuition hikes of up to 9 percent at some of its campuses.
  • KSPR: Springfield Fire Department seeking $1.2 million grant. The Springfield Fire Department is applying for a $1.2 million grant that would build and staff a 13th fire station in the city, at Chestnut Expressway and Eldon Avenue.
  • KSMU: Community Partnership director retiring. Melissa Haddow, longtime director of the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, is retiring after 18 years of service. The nonprofit organization works to prevent domestic violence and abuse in 21 southwest Missouri counties.
  • OzarksFirst: North Point Church opens Nixa location. North Point Church has opened its third location in the area, at a shopping center in Nixa off Highway 160.
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