Daily brief (3/1): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be sunny and unseasonably warm, with a high of 70 expected. Clouds will increase tonight, bringing a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Chances of precipitation increase to 50 percent Friday morning. Tomorrow will start at 58, and the temperature will drop throughout the day.

Saturday will be sunny but colder, with a high of 49 expected.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Heart of Branson battered by tornado. Most tourist attractions survived Wednesday’s tornado, but several iconic structures — including Branson Landing and the historic Candlestick Inn — took a beating. (Other coverage: KSMU, KSPR, KY3, OzarksFirst | Dallas County schools canceled: OzarksFirst)
  • OzarksFirst: Trout season opens in the Ozarks. Despite the storms, the trout season opener continued in Missouri’s three trout parks. (Other coverage: KY3)
  • News-Leader: Ashcroft to headline Springfield GOP conference. Former U.S. Attorney General and Missouri Gov. John Ashcroft will be the headline speaker at Saturday’s Lincoln Day event, the area’s major GOP conference.
  • KY3: Police suspect foul play in woman’s disappearance. Springfield police suspect that Linda Riley, 53, of 713 W. Chicago St., was forcibly removed from her home. Anyone with information about her case should call (417) 864-1810. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • KSPR: Habitat for Humanity kicks off Six by Six project. Habitat for Humanity in Springfield begins its Six by Six project today. It is working with several local organizations and businesses to build six homes for six families by summer.
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