Daily brief (5/3): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be partly sunny and unseasonably warm, with a high of 86.

A slight chance of thunderstorms moves into the forecast tonight, and will remain into tomorrow. Otherwise, it will be mostly sunny, with a high of 88. The weekend should remain sunny and hot. The next chance of thunderstorms will be Sunday night.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: City debating what to do with WOW funds. In November, the Wonders of Wildlife museum decided to give its $330,000 annual allotment of room taxes back to the city. Now, city leaders are debating the best way to use the money: debt reduction or investment in new attractions. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • KY3: City Council considering $50 million sewer improvement plan. The Springfield City Council will review a plan Monday night that would put $50 million over the next several years toward upgrading the city’s sewer system to meet federal and state clean-water standards. (Other coverage: KSMUCouncil considering amending City Charter: KSPR)
  • OzarksFirst: Homeownership picture a little brighter in Ozarks. Ozarks agents and bankers say the homeownership numbers for the region are better than the national statistics, which show homeownership nationally at a 15-year-low.
  • KY3: Branson reclassifying extended-stay hotels. The city of Branson recently reclassified extended-stay hotels so they are no longer considered apartments. Hotel owners — who contend most of their properties function as apartments — say the new rules will be too costly.
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