Daily brief (4/14): Top picks from the Springfield media

Showers and thunderstorms are likely today. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 75.

Winds could reach gusts of up to 31 mph. Up to a quarter of an inch of rain is possible.

Tomorrow, showers and thunderstorms are likely after 1 p.m. Winds will remain strong, with gusts of up to 34 mph. A high of 74.

The sun returns Monday, but it will be cooler, with a high of 64.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Hundreds honor Ozarks soldier killed in Afghanistan. Hundreds of people lined the road as the body of Staff Sgt. Tyler Smith was transported from Rolla to Summersville on Friday. Smith died April 3 in Afghanistan after an improvised-explosive-device attack. (Other coverage: KY3)
  • KY3: Tornado may not have damaged Branson tourism. Early this tourist season, Branson is seeing hopeful signs, with a survey saying that many visitors aren’t changing their plans to come to the Taney County town.
  • News-Leader: Trail of Trees honors stories, lives. The Ethnic Trail of Trees project in Nathanael Greene Close Memorial Park will be dedicated today. The 32 trees planted along a trail in Nathanael Greene Close Memorial Park in Springfield commemorate those who participated in the project, which gathered the stories of Springfield elders from 33 different nations.
  • OzarksFirst: First all-electric car rolls into Springfield. The Nissan Leaf, which runs completely on electric power, is now available in Springfield. It can go up to 100 miles on a single charge.
  • OzarksFirst: Fort Leonard Wood unveils flying robot. A new battery-operated flying robot could expand the capability of troops to make sure routes and bridges are cleared of improvised explosive devices.
  • News-Leader: Kenyan documentary reaches Kickstarter goal. Local filmmaker Patrick Mureithi has reached his $10,000 goal for his new film, “Kenya: Until Hope is Found,” through a Kickstarter campaign.
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