Daily brief (4/1): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be sunny and unseasonably warm, with a high of 86. It’s not quite a record; the record high of 92 for April 1 was set in 1946.

Tomorrow will be another warm, sunny day, with a high of 85. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms enters the forecast tomorrow night, increasing to 50 percent Tuesday. Tuesday will be cooler, with a high of 74.

In media news, the News-Leader has hired a new higher-education reporter and reassigned some responsibilities. Steve Pokin was a columnist for the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis and will replace Didi Tang, who became a China correspondent for the Associated Press.

Also, OzarksFirst’s website was down this morning, so no headlines were available for today’s update.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Improvements seen at community schools. Tulsa has been using the community-school concept in some of its poorest neighborhoods and has seen improvement among its students. Springfield hopes to bring the idea here.
  • KY3: Sheriff goes door to door for law tax. Sheriff Jim Arnott has been knocking on doors throughout Greene County, seeking support for a 1/8-cent law-enforcement tax on the ballot Tuesday. (Other coverage: News-Leader | County PDF about the proposal)
  • KSMU: Drury to offer wellness certificate. Drury University students who complete seven hours of wellness credit will be able to earn a wellness certificate. As part of the program, students go into the community and help organizations set up wellness programs.
  • KSPR: Authorities looking for sex offender in Ozarks. A sex offender who has been on the run since 2000 may be in the Ozarks, according to the U.S. Marshals Office. Herman Carroll was charged in the sexual assault of a young girl in Sullivan, Ill., in 2000; he had been convicted of similar charges in 1983 and 1993.
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