Daily brief (3/11): Top picks from the Springfield media

Showers likely today, with a chance of thunderstorms after 10 a.m. Wind gusts could hit 23 mph, and up to three-quarters of an inch of rain is expected. A high of 56 is expected.

Rain chances diminish in the evening as the clouds thin overnight. Tomorrow will be sunny and unseasonably warm, with a high of 77.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be more of the same, with sunny skies and highs in the upper 70s.

Daylight Savings Time: Today begins Daylight Savings Time, so you should have turned your clocks ahead one hour by now

State basketball championships: Republic girls won 53-51 over Smithville (Class 4), while Nixa boys lost 69-61 to McCleur North (Class 5), and Hillcrest boys lost 55-42 to Soldan (Class 4). (Coverage: KSPR, KY3, News-Leader, OzarksFirst)

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Missouri Republicans prepare for caucuses. For the first time since 1996, the Missouri Republican Party is using caucuses to award its delegates to the presidential candidates. Most county-level caucuses will be March 17, but a few set their meetings for a different day. (Other coverage: Ron Paul visits Springfield: KY3News-Leader, OzarksFirst | Santorum comes to town:  KSPR, KY3News-Leader, OzarksFirst)
  • OzarksFirst: Republican Senate hopefuls to debate tomorrow in Joplin. Todd Akin, John Brunner and Sarah Steelman will debate at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Corley Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University.
  • KSMU: Branson Airport offering new nonstops to begin in May. Branson Airport will offer seasonal nonstop service to Austin, Milwaukee, and Nashville starting in May from Branson AirExpress.
  • News-Leader: Branson prepares for centennial. Despite the recent tornado, plans are continuing to celebrate Branson’s 100th birthday.
  • KSPR: Three arrested in connection with missing Highlandville man. Teri Dean-Morrison, Eugene Crider and Cheryl Crawford have been charged with tampering with evidence in the case of Carl Anderson of Highlandville. Anderson has been missing since Feb. 23. Authorities said they found large amounts of blood in Dean-Morrison’s home, and a sample matched that of Anderson.
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