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Daily brief (10/24): Top picks from the Springfield media

Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Tonight will be in the 60s again,.

Thursday will have big changes as a strong cold front will move in bringing chance of showers and thunderstorms. Increasing clouds, with a temperature rising to near 72 by 11am, then falling to around 56 during the remainder of the day. This drop in temperature can happen fairly quickly dipping as low as 41 overnight.

A few showers may linger early Friday but  other than that we’re looking at a cloud and chilly day on Friday.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 51 ans a low of 31.

As clouds clear over the weekend we’ll remain cool, and lows both Saturday and Sunday morning could be below freezing.

Next week at this point looks fairly calm with a slow warming trend.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Four health care providers band together. The agreement that CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards signed Monday establishes a company that brings together four health care systems with $6.5 billion each year in net revenue. Hospital officials hope it will give them more clout and ease their transition into the new rules of health care reform. It also could possibly help slow the growth of health care costs.This agreement includes four nonprofits: BJC HealthCare of St. Louis; Saint Luke’s Health System of Kansas City, Mo.; and Memorial Health System of Springfield, Ill. The partnership is called BJC Collaborative.
  • [Election]KSPR: Group protesting unlimited money in political campaigns visits the Ozarks. A political group says the United States needs to get big money out of politics, and they’ll be in the Ozarks today with a giant display to bring that message forth.
    The Move to Amend Coalition has been traveling the United States, and today they are stopping in Monett and Springfield to explain what can be done on a local level to amend the Constitution to cap the amount of money involved in political campaigns. A press release says the group is inviting the public to bring money to be stamped at an “Amend-O-Matic,” a giant money-stamping machine that will inscribe messages against corporate money in political campaigns. The group will visit the parking lot of Payless Rentals and Sales, 845 Highway 60 in Monett, for one hour. From there, the group will gather in the Library Center parking lot on South Campbell Avenue in Springfield from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Move to Amend will also host a workshop at the Library Center from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • OzarksFirst: Nixa school aims to eliminate bullying before it starts. October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month, and John Thomas School of Discovery is working toward eliminating bullying entirely. Students from each classroom are recognized in different ways for setting a good example. Boone enforces one main rule: “It’s okay not to be friends with everyone; however you still have to be kind.”

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