Daily brief (10/21): Top picks from the Springfield media

Partly sunny, with a high near 79.

Today we are starting in the mid and upper 50s giving a more spring-like than fall-like day.

Tonight will be very mild with lows in the 60s.

Our forecast stays warm for several days but there is a chance for thunderstorms tomorrow and some could be strong.

Monday will be a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 79 and a low around 63.

Tuesday brings sunny skies, with a high near 81 and a low around 62.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 79 and a low around 61.

A cold front is forecast to move through the Ozarks on Thursday. Storms are possible with that front.

Thursday will be a high near 75 and a low around 50.

Today’s picks

  • [Election]News-Leader: Nixon and Spence part ways on economic and leadership stances. The candidates and voters continue to focus on the economy as the top issue after the prolonged recession. That focus has spawned two starkly different views of the health of the state’s economy and ways to improve it.
  • OzarksFirst: SGF minister’s city council speech goes viral. An ordinance brought before the council in August would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to the City’s non-discrimination policy. In a video that went viral on you tube, a local Springfield minister gives a speech that at first appears to be against the ordinance. But, the end of the speech contains a twist.
    In his August 13, 2012 speech Rev. Phil Snider the Senior Minister at Brentwood Church stopped his speech by saying this:  “I’m sorry, I’ve brought the wrong notes with me this evening, I’ve borrowed my argument from the wrong century. It turns out what I’ve been reading to you this whole time are direct quotes from white preachers from the 1950s and the 1960s all in support of racial segregation. All I have done is simply take out the phrase racial integration and substituted it with the phrase gay rights. I guess the arguments I’ve been hearing around Springfield lately sound so similar to these that  I got them confused. I hope you will not make the same mistake “
  • [Election]News-Leader: McCaskill and Akin take sides on health care . The Supreme Court’s decision upholding the health care reform law has not dulled the sharp political divisions over that issue in Missouri’s U.S. Senate contest, with Republican Todd Akin gunning to repeal the measure and Democrat Claire McCaskill vowing to protect it. And just as Akin and McCaskill offer sharply contrasting positions on the health care law, they also take dramatically divergent paths on other dicey health care questions.
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