Daily brief (3/27): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be another warm, sunny day in the Ozarks. The high is expected to hit 80.

Tonight will dip to 58, and a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms enters the forecast. The chance of storms remains through tomorrow, when a high of 80 is also expected. Tomorrow night brings a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Skies should clear by Thursday, though, making way for another mostly sunny day and a high of 80. But rain chance return by the weekend.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Springfield smoking ban headed back to voters. The Springfield City Council voted 5-4 Monday night against repealing the smoking ban, approved in by voters in April. That move sends a citizen-initiative petition to repeal the ban to voters in June. (Other coverage: KSMU, KSPR, KY3, OzarksFirst)
  • KSPR: Battlefield officials seek more funding for police, fire. Battlefield voters will consider two measures on April 3: A half-cent sales-tax increase for police, and a 25-cent increase per $100 assessed valuation on property for the fire protection district. Both departments say they need to hire more people and upgrade equipment.
  • OzarksFirst: Crews begin to remove debris along Branson tornado path. Cleanup crews have begun working in downtown Branson to clean up damage left by the Feb. 29 tornado, and they will head west along U.S. 76.
  • News-Leader: Springfield school officials developing audit-response plan. The Springfield School District has come up with a plan to address each of the 51 changes recommended by a state audit.

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