Daily brief (11/15): Top picks from the Springfield media

Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Wind chill values as low as 31 early.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 34.

As we move into Friday and the weekend, skies will be sunny, with a high near 60 and lows around 34.

A wind chill values as low as 34 early each morning.

A few light showers are possible Monday or Tuesday.

Temperatures still look to be in the 60s by Wednesday of next week, and perhaps into Thanksgiving Day.  Models disagree on the timing of the next cold front; one has it arriving with some rain by Thanksgiving, another holds it off until later Friday.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst:The Tree of Lights campaign kicks off tonight. The bell-ringing has already begun for the Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights campaign. But the formal ceremony to kick off the campaign and announce this year’s goal, is set for this evening. The announcement is planned for 5 p.m. at UMB Bank at National and Battlefield.  That’s when the Tree of Lights will be unveiled showing this year’s goal for the red kettle campaign. To learn how you can be a bell-ringer — visit the Salvation Army of Springfield’s website.  (Other coverage: KSPR)
  • [Missing]OzarksFirst: Help find the missing teen. The Laclede County Sheriff’s Department has issued an endangered person advisory for Elissa Levy, a 16-year-old female from Lebanon.  Levy left a note Tuesday stating that she was going to drown herself in the Gasconade River or travel to St. Louis. She is described as white, 5’2″ tall and weighs 100 pounds. She has black plastic frame glasses and blue earrings. She was last seen wearing black clothing, a long black wool coat and has a red and gray flannel backpack. She is not believed to be traveling with anyone, or have a vehicle. Anyone seeing the missing person, suspect, associate, or vehicle, or anyone having any information related to the endangered missing person should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Laclede County Sheriff’s Department at (417) 532-2311.
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  • KSPR: Taney County may need tax hike to pay for 911. 911 in Taney County is over cost and under budget. County leaders fear if nothing is done, people in Taney may not be able to call the emergency number in 2016. Inside one of the county’s 911 call centers, dispatchers work to save lives. The service may go away because of the budget. 911 is funded by a tax on landline phones. However, more people do not utilize that traditional service anymore and instead use cell phones. Missouri legislators refused to tax cell phones for emergency services. Now, the Show-Me State is the only one in the union to fund 911 with disappearing technology. Some considerations to generate revenue include consolidating the four emergency offices into one central location. Martin explained that would save resources, improve efficiency, and save money. Raising the sales tax is also an option to save the program that saves lives. Taxpayers may see the question on next April’s ballot.
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