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Daily brief (11/16): Top picks from the Springfield media

This morning, the wind chill value is as low as 38. Today will be Sunny, with a high near 59.

A weak cool front has moved into the Ozarks, but it will “wash out” today with little impact on our weather.

Friday and Saturday, highs will be close to 60 area wide.  Lows will drop into the lower 30s for tomorrow morning with highs again near 60 in the afternoon.

Sunday could be a little bit warmer, with clouds increasing in the afternoon.  A few light showers are expected Sunday night and Monday, but the strength of the storm and mediocre moisture will prevent anything widespread or heavy.

Nice weather is in the forecast for much of next week, with highs by Wednesday and Thanksgiving well into the 60s.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: FDA: 5-Hour Energy may be linked to deaths. An announcement by the federal government that some energy drinks could kill you has led to concern in the Ozarks but little action. Thursday’s (11-15) announcement is the second time in a month the government has confirmed its looking into claims the drinks caused people to die. The Food and Drug Administration received claims that 5-Hour Energy may have led to 13 deaths and 33 hospitalizations over the past four years. This little 2 ounce packages gives you the caffeine of two cups of coffee. The company sells 1.5 million of the bottles every day. During a September interview with ABC News the CEO of 5-Hour Energy said when used as directed it’s not dangerous. Some critics worry the product could be dangerous for people with underlying heart problems. Monster is the other energy drink being investigated for a possible link to deaths. Watch labels for something called Taurine, some doctors say that boosts the effects of caffeine, and it’s in 5-Hour Energy.
  • OzarksFirst:  Elks Lodges collecting deer hides to make gloves for vets If you’re a deer hunter and want to help a veteran, you can donate part of your kill that doesn’t get used very much.  Springfield organization is collecting deer hides to be processed for a great cause. Many veterans spend their days in a wheelchair or using a walker. Sometimes the surfaces they have to grip to move around are too slick to use. A pair of leather gloves can help them get around better and the Elks donate the leather from the deer hides have are processed for them. If you’d like to donate, all you have to do is either pack your deer hide in salt and deliver it to your local Elks lodge.
    You can also wrap the skins and freeze them and the Elks will come pick them up, explains Roy Planchon. Anyone who donates hides should make sure they’re in good condition. The Taneycomo Elks Lodge also collects deer hides. So far the Springfield lodge has collected more than sixty. Call your local Elks lodge to find out more about donating hides.AdTech Ad

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  • OzarksFirst: Get inked for a cause: church and tattoo artist join forces. A tattoo artist is pairing up with a local church this holiday season to give some kids a better Christmas.  North Point Church’s East Sunshine location will transform into a makeshift tattoo studio on December 2. “Some people will be into it,” says pastor Troy Hartman. “Some people won’t want to get a tattoo. They can still donate and be a part. I think it’s something people will be interested in.””I’m grateful to be a part of this,” says tattoo artist Brian Biggers. He’s dedicating his time, resources, and artistic talent to make Christmas for some children a little bit brighter. “If I can change one life, that’s what it’s about is changing one human life. I would give a child my clothes off my back if I knew it would help them, so I feel honored.”

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