Daily brief (10/29): Top picks from the Springfield media

Patchy frost before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Wind chill values as low as 29 early.

The temperatures will stay highs in the 50’s and lows in the 30’s for Monday and Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy comes inland.

Once the jet stream begins to lift northeast of us a warming trend will begin bringing highs in the middle 60s by Wednesday.

Halloween will be sunny with a high of 65 and a low around 43.

As we move into the weekend, temperatures continue on a warm streak.

Thursday and Friday will be warmer with highs in the mid 60’s and lows around 40.

Saturday will be sunny with a high near 69 and a low around 50.

It will likely be dry until at least Sunday.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Springfield soldiers awarded 2nd Purple Heart. Springfield resident Jay D. Gann, a lieutenant colonel serving with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was awarded a Purple Heart on Oct. 28 for injuries he received during a rocket attack in eastern Afghanistan on Sept. 12.The award marked Gann’s second Purple Heart. He was awarded his first for a concussion and injuries to his back and shoulder when an armored vehicle he was traveling in was hit by an improvised explosive device in Iraq several years earlier.
  • [Election]OzarksFirst:Rand Paul is in Springfield today for Martin. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul will be visiting Springfield with Ed Martin this afternoon as a part of the “Red November Victory Rally.” Martin is the Republican nominee running for Missouri Attorney General. Martin and Paul will be at University Plaza Hotel around 3:00 p.m.
  • KSPR: Shelters are relying on donations for winter months.  Temperatures reached below freezing Sunday night into Monday morning, cold enough for the East Sunshine Church of Christ to open its emergency cold shelter. But that’s not happening until Nov.  The Salvation Army’s emergency shelter opens once the wind chill reaches 14 degrees. That’s why homeless shelters such as the Missouri Hotel are getting more phone calls for help. Staff members say there’s a waiting list of people looking for a warm place to stay, but the problem is there’s not enough room to open up the Missouri Hotel as a cold weather shelter. Staff there are relying on donations, such as clothing, to help get them through.
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