Daily brief (3/2): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today starts with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon. But skies will start clearing by the afternoon, becoming partly cloudy with a high of 57. Winds will be strong, and gusts of up to 30 mph are possible.

Tonight will be colder, and the low will dip below freezing to 29 degrees.

Tomorrow will be sunny but colder than our dance with spring. A high of 47 is expected. Sunday will bounce back up into the upper 50s, though.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Repairs have begun in Branson after tornado. More than four dozen commercial structures were damaged after a Leap Day tornado swept through the middle of Branson, but the cleanup has begun. (Other coverage: KSMU, KSPR, KY3, OzarksFirst)
  • OzarksFirst: State audit of Springfield schools coming tonight. State Auditor Tom Schweich will present a state audit of the Springfield Public School at a meeting 5:30 tonight at the Central High School theater. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • KSPR: Commercial Club inviting farmers, artisans to market. The Commercial Club of Springfield will host an informational meeting at 10 a.m. tomorrow at its building (299 E. Commercial St.) for farmers and artisans interested in participating in the annual C-Street Market. The market’s season begins April 28.
  • News-Leader: Nature center begins summer hours. The Springfield Conservation Nature Center (4600 S. Chrisman Ave.) will be open until 8 p.m. daily through October.
  • KSMU: More money for Missouri schools. Gov. Jay Nixon announced $3 million more to help school transportation and $2 million more for the state’s public colleges and universities as more funding sources have become available.
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