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Daily brief (4/15): Top picks from the Springfield media

Expect periods of showers and thunderstorms, primarily between 1 and 4 this afternoon. Some storms could be severe, and wind gusts could reach up to 40 mph.

Up to a quarter of an inch of rain is expected, although totals could be higher where storms hit. A high of 73 is expected.

Skies should clear by tonight, bringing cooler temperatures. Tonight’s low will dip to 46.

Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high of 66, and the rest of the week should continue the run of sunny, mild weather.

News-Leader‘s paywall to start May 1

Gannett Co. Inc., which owns the Springfield News-Leader, announced plans earlier this year to build paywalls around all of its newspaper websites.

Today, the News-Leader unveiled its pricing: $12 per month for online. Users will still have access to the home page, deaths, obituaries, and classified ads, according to Publisher Linda Ramey Greiwe. Story links from subscribers to Facebook friend and Twitter followers also will allow nonsubscribers to read content.

The publication isn’t the first local online news site to go the subscription route; the Springfield Business Journal has used a paywall with selected free content for more than a year.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: A year later, killing of Willard couple remains unsolved. On April 17, 2011, Russell and Rebecca Porter of Willard were killed. Saturday, their families held a memorial as they wait for the case to be resolved. No one has yet been charged with the crime. (Other coverage: KY3)
  • KY3: Titanic Museum remembers survivors, victims of disaster. On the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, the Titanic Museum in Branson held an anniversary remembrance for survivors and victim of the disaster. 
  • News-Leader: Start planning for summer camp. Many school districts have less than 30 school days left, so now is the time to start planning for summer activities, including summer camps.

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