Daily brief (11/11): Top picks from the Springfield media

Periods of showers and thunderstorms. Temperature rising to near 65 by noon, then falling to around 44 during the remainder of the day. Wind chill values as low as 36. Heavy rain is possible at times along with strong winds.

Skies will quickly clear behind the rain this evening and tonight as lows fall into the upper 20s. Highs tomorrow will recover to the upper 40s and low 50s with mostly sunny skies.

A lot of sunshine is in the forecast throughout the workweek with highs in the upper 50’s and lows in the 30’s.

We will be back near 60 degrees by the end of the week.

More rain is possible next weekend.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Veterans Day pride on display at Springfield parade. Kicking off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, the parade began at the corner of National Avenue and East Trafficway and made its way west, circling Park Central Square and ending a couple of blocks south of the square on South Avenue. A sunny sky and temperatures in the 60s kept conditions comfortable for parade-goers. Although people did not line the entire route, at points — such as Park Central Square — larger crowds gathered to watch the procession. Beyond the parade,  Springfield takes steps to care for veterans, including a number of social agencies that work together.As an example, Stephens cited efforts to bring a veterans clinic to the city. Plans are in the works for a clinic, which would be operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs. A possible facility located in Springfield is estimated to open in 2015 and would serve 24,000 area veterans each year. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst, KY3, New-Leader)
  • [Election]News-Leader: Analyzing how Greene County voted. Springfield carried the majority of Democratic votes for governor and U.S. Senate in Tuesday’s election, while the rest of Greene County remained decidedly red. A large majority of voting districts inside the city of Springfield supported U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Gov. Jay Nixon but didn’t support President Barack Obama, who carried the majority of votes only in precincts inside the city’s core. Outside Springfield, Republicans took the majority in almost all precincts for the gubernatorial, senatorial and presidential races. Voter turnout ranged from 36.6 percent in precinct 9-A, west of downtown, to 73.02 percent in Pond Creek, in southwestern Greene County. Proposition B supporters tended to be in the southwest portion of Springfield. Only two precincts north of Interstate 44 carried majority support of the tax increase on tobacco, with funds going toward education. The measure narrowly failed statewide. Read more: Election results data.
  • KY3: Crews ‘decking the streets’ in downtown Springfield. Preparations are underway for the annual Festival of Lights.  Crews will be putting up the decorations and lights on street-light poles downtown and on other streets. Some have already gone up along National Avenue.Millions of lights will be strung on city buildings and other public venues around town. It’s all to get ready for the kick off for the event next Saturday, November 17th. The six-week celebration will begin with a kick-off at Jordan Valley Park with a lighting ceremony and parade. There will also be a “Christmas with the Cardinals” fireworks show at Hammons Field set to Christmas music.

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