Daily brief (3/28): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 78, but there will be a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Tonight, clouds will move in, and the chance of precipitation increases to 40 percent. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy, and a 30 percent chance of rain remains.

The clouds should clear by the weekend, with only a slight chance of storms on Friday night.

Today’s picks

  • KY3: Businesses have differing opinions on smoking ban. Springfield’s smoking ban, which went into effect at most indoor places last April, has negatively affected some businesses, but others say sending smokers outside hasn’t been such a bad thing.
  • OzarksFirst: Highway worker hit by car; driver leaves scene. Springfield police are looking for a driver who hit a highway worker at U.S. 65 south of Battlefield Road and left the scene. The worker was hit in the hand while putting down cones; the injuries were not life-threatening.
  • News-Leader: Concern rises over deadly fungus in bats. Researchers are checking for a strange fungus that kills bats in Sequiota Cave in Springfield. Initial checks of bats were inconclusive, but if the fungus has reached Springfield, it could be devastating to the bat population here.
  • KSPR: Ozark neighbors complain about business noise. A petition is circulating in Ozark to shut off the new air conditioner atop the Christian County Justice Center, which one woman contends is emitting a damaging low-frequency hum.
  • KSMU: Soldier spots IEDs for a living. Sgt. 1st Class Neal Feldmann is an engineer trained to find improvised explosive devices who has served two tours in Iraq. KSMU profiled the soldier as part of its Sense of Community series.
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