Daily brief (3/20): Top picks from the Springfield media

Heavy rain is expected throughout the Ozarks today, and flooding is possible in some areas (KY3). Winds will be steady, with gusts of up to 32 mph. The high will be 69.

Up to an inch of rain is expected during the day, and heavy rains are expected to continue overnight, with up to 2 more inches possible. A flood watch is in effect through tomorrow evening for most of the Ozarks, including Greene, Christian, and Webster counties.

An 80 percent chance of rain remains Wednesday, with another inch of rainfall possible. The high will be 68.

Clouds should start thinning by Thursday, and skies should become mostly sunny by Saturday.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Caucus chaos may have cost Santorum. Supporters of Mitt Romney and Ron Paul forged an alliance at several local caucuses last weekend, shutting out the ability of Rick Santorum to win a large number of delegates. (Other coverage: KY3, KSMU, OzarksFirst)
  • OzarksFirst: Republic equestrian center a step closer.The Republic Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Monday to recommend approval of a $350 million equestrian center and complex on 965 acres near James River Freeway and Highway MM. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • News-Leader: Report gives Missouri C-minus for accountability, transparency. The Center for Public Integrity gave Missouri a C-minus for government accountability and transparency. Numerous exemptions to the state’s Sunshine Law, which provides access to public information, and a lack of campaign-contribution limits hurt the state’s rating.
  • KSPR: Several Nixa firefighters also EMTs. All but one of Nixa fire crews have at least one trained Emergency Medical Technician to provide advanced life support.
  • OzarksFirst: Public meeting this week on CU transfer station. City Utilities has scheduled a Thursday meeting to discuss a new location for its bus transfer station.
  • KY3: Music helps cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Guitarist John Waldo performs for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. 
  • News-Leader: Law tax brochure, mailers questioned. Some are questioning whether a brochure included with City Utilities bill about a proposed 1/8-cent law enforcement tax violates state ethics rules.

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