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Daily brief (11/19): Top picks from the Springfield media

Showers, mainly before 9am. High near 60. Wind chill values as low as 45 early.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 44.

Highs will be in the middle and upper 60s and lows in the 40s all the way through Thanksgiving Day.

Be prepared for a wind chill factor in the mid 40s early each morning.

A cold front will move in late Thanksgiving evening with the threat of a few showers going into Friday morning.  However, no major systems are in the forecast for the next 10 days or so.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Developers aim to turn Vandivort building into upscale hotel. By the year 2014, the century-old Vandivort Building in downtown Springfield could be a brand-new upscale hotel. But that could take millions of dollars, and now developers are turning to the city of Springfield to help fund the project. Right now, the building — which was built in 1906 — consists of office space and a small theater. Some of the offices have already begun relocating after locals Billy and John McQueary bought the building back in September 2011. City leaders say $10 million would come from an industrial development bond. If that bond is issued, the developers would buy and pay the money back to the city. Members of the Bates & Associates architectural firm say the plan would be to use the money to turn the space into at least 40 guest rooms, as well as a bar area and renovated ballroom. Developers say it would be part of a tax abatement plan. Both are looking forward to moving forward with the project. Nothing has been finalized at this point, but City Council will consider a resolution for preliminary approval of the plan at tonight’s meeting, which takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the Busch Municipal Building. (Other coverage: NewsLeader)
  • KY3: More than 100 dead birds found around Springfield intersection. It’s a mystery.  What killed more than 100 birds that are all around the intersection of Erie and Fremont in Springfield. They were discovered over the weekend.  Conservation agents collected a few of the birds.  They plan on calling the Springfield-Greene County Health Department on Monday to see if they would be interested in running tests determine the caused the birds to die. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • OzarksFirst:  Strict seat belt enforcement set for holiday week. The Thanksgiving holiday period is one of the busiest for drivers in Missouri and Arkansas as well as out of state travelers.  During the upcoming week-long holiday travel period, many state and local law enforcement departments will take part in the national Click It or Ticket campaign, encouraging drivers and passengers to fasten their seat belts.  Motor vehicle crashes nationwide during the 4-day 2010 Thanksgiving holiday reporting period claimed 337 lives.   A staggering 55 percent of the  victims were not wearing seat belts.

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