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Daily brief (11/22): Top picks from the Springfield media

Happy Thanksgiving!

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Winds will be 11-20 mph with gust of up to 29 mph.

The rain threat will begin by very late afternoon at the earliest in areas northwest of Springfield.  It will likely be a narrow band along the front with rain most likely in the Springfield area just after dark.  The cold front will move through roughly around 10 pm in Springfield (sooner to the northwest, a bit later to the southeast) with temperatures falling after that.  A northwest wind will kick in and skies will clear.

By early Friday morning temperatures will be in the mid to upper 30s.  Highs on Friday, despite plenty of sun, will only reach the 40s in much of Missouri and around 50 in northern Arkansas.

The weekend will be chilly, though warmer Sunday than Saturday.  Another shot of rain will move in on Monday.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Shoppers ready to spend, more taking out loans to splurge. Instead of waiting at the dinner table this Thanksgiving day,  many are waiting to spend money, but financial experts are warning shoppers before they spend.Shoppers have been camped out at Best Buy since Tuesday for the doors to open, but that won’t happen until midnight. When those doors open along with all of the other stores in town, the average shopper is expected to spend about $750 on gifts. According to the National Retail Federation that’s higher than last year, but shoppers are not only spending more this year, but borrowing more money to buy gifts.
  • KY3: Local retailers prepare for ‘Small Business Saturday’. Black Friday is the single biggest day of the year for many shopping malls and big box stores.  Now local shops are looking to make Small Business Saturday a big day for them.  Downtown Ozark is already all decked out for what is promising to be a very successful weekend for retailers.
  • KSPR: A look at early black friday deals and discounts. Retailers from Walmart to Costco have been offering deals early this year, with a host of discounted items — from electronics to games — available now.  And the retailers that won’t start the price-slashing prior to Thanksgiving, are opening their doors early on Thanksgiving night. You might want to skip the turkey and pack your track shoes. The nation’s biggest retailers are launching this holiday shopping season with a bang. To read more about the deals, click here.

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