Daily brief (2/28): Top picks from the Springfield media

A slight chance of showers this morning will increase as the day progresses, with rain likely by tonight. It will be cloudy with a high of 64.

Winds will be brisk, and gusts could reach speeds of up to 30 mph.

Up to a quarter-inch of rain is possible tonight, but skies should clear by tomorrow. It will be sunny, and highs will once again be in the 60s. Winds will remain gusty.

Thursday will be another sunny, warm day, but rain chances move into the forecast Friday.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: Springfield website breach may affect up to 2,100 people. At Monday’s City Council meeting, City Manager Greg Burris said hackers got into the city’s website, and information for up to 2,100 people may have been compromised. (Other coverage: KY3, News-Leader)
  • KSMU: Whooping cough on the rise in Greene County. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has reported four cases of pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough. It is a highly contagious bacterial infection that attacks the respiratory system, resulting in a cough that sparks a “whoop” sound. (Other coverage: KSPR, News-Leader)
  • News-Leader: Springfield Public Schools testing community-school concept. Robberson or Weller Elementary School will become Springfield’s first “community school,” an effort to provide an array of community services throughout the building.
  • KY3: Central High celebrates national ranking. Central High School in Springfield, once in danger of closing, has been recognized as one of the top high schools in the nation.
  • KSPR: Taney County seeking input on emergency plan. Taney County officials want to hear from the community today about ways to improve how the county prepares for and responds to disasters. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Taney County Courthouse in Forsyth (132 David St.).
  • KY3: Shell Knob bridge reopens after crash. One lane of the Missouri 39 bridge over Table Rock Lake in Shell Knob reopened Monday night after a tractor-trailer hit part of the structure earlier in the day. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • News-Leader: Smoking-ban changes possible. The City Council will decide whether to vote on a petition proposing to remove Springfield’s smoking ban or send it to the voters in the weeks ahead. (Other coverage: KY3)
  • OzarksFirst: Walmart hiring for Neighborhood Market stores. Walmart plans on hiring 160 people in the area for its Neighborhood Market stores at 1320 S. Glenstone Ave. and 3150 W. Republic Road. (Other coverage: News-Leader)

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