Daily brief (4/17): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be another sunny, mild day, with a high of 69.

Tonight will remain clear, and the low will dip to 47. Tomorrow will be more of the same: Sunny, with a high of 74. Wednesday will also be sunny, but rain chances enter the forecast Thursday.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirstMeeting today on passenger rail service. The Missouri Department of Transportation is holding a meeting at 4:30 p.m. today at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce (202 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway) to discuss the idea of expanding passenger rail service in the state.
  • News-Leader: Missouri State planning apartment-style housing project. Missouri State University is ready to build a $30 million housing project on East Walnut Street that would offer 295 bedrooms for students. The project would be completed by fall 2013.
  • KY3: Planning commission OKs Outdoor Academy. The Taney County Planning Commission on Monday night approved plans for the Bass Pro Outdoor Academy, a project that would provide hiking and riding trails, a shooting range, and other activities. (Other coverage: KSPR, News-Leader, OzarksFirst)
  • KSPR: Law would clamp down renters who refuse to leave. A proposal in the Missouri Senate would make it a crime for renters to remain in a rental property after a landlord has secured eviction papers.
  • News-Leader: Central vocal instructor named teacher of the year. Alberta Smith of Central High School was named the 2012-13 teacher of the year for the Springfield School District on Monday night. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)

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