Daily brief (4/3): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be mostly cloudy, with a 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. A high of 76 is expected.

Storm chances increase to 80 percent tonight, and up to a quarter of an inch of rain is expected throughout the day, possibly more in areas with thunderstorms. Tonight’s low will dip to 59.

Storm chances (70 percent) remain tomorrow, and up to a half inch of rain is possible. A high of 72 is expected. The clouds should clear by Friday, which will be cooler, with a high in the upper 60s.

Election today

Don’t forget to check your local ballot today (KSPR, OzarksFirst). Several municipalities and counties have tax issues on the ballot, including Greene and Christian counties, Battlefield, Ozark, and Nixa.

Greene County voters will decide whether to approve or reject a 1/8-cent sales tax for law enforcement. The money would be used to hire more deputies, improve the jail, and add staff to the prosecutor’s office.

Christian County voters also will vote on a 1/4-cent sales tax for law enforcement as well and another 1/4-cent sales tax for an expanded justice center.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: State audit raises questions about federal money. Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has raised questions about how federal dollars have been spent in some state programs, such as a utility-assistance program and an unemployment program.
  • KY3: More than 10,000 come out to see Cards. Fans packed Hammons Field on Monday night to see the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Springfield Cardinals to open the new season. (Other coverage: News-Leader)
  • OzarksFirst: Experts say this year’s tick season will be early and heavy. Oak trees had a heavy acorn crop this year in 2010, leading to a booming white-foote mouse population in 2011. That, in turn, led to a tick boom.
  • KSMU: New Humane Society director brings changes to shelter. Darin Landrum, the new director of the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, plans on converting a building to an isolation facility for animals with health problems.
  • News-Leader: Committee consider changes to petition process. A city committee is looking at possible changes to the initiative petition process, including allowing the City Council to amend petitions that contain legal errors.
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