Daily brief (11/27): Top picks from the Springfield media

Sunshine today with a very light breeze returning to the south this afternoon.  Highs will only be in the lower 40s but will begin with a wind chill factor of 17.

Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 23.

Highs will climb each of the next several days.

Wednesday, expect highs in the low 50s and lows around 30.

Thursday will be warmer with high near 60 and lows around 40.

Friday, the temperature will be high 60 with a low around 50.

This theme will carry into the weekend with the beautiful Sunday topping out at 68.

Rain is not expected for the next 10 days.

Today’s picks

  • KSMU: Missouri PTA to host kids first town hall meeting in Springfield. The Missouri PTA has invited U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, and U.S. House Rep. Billie Long to talk about their plans for future education in Missouri. The organization says the group plans to ask questions mainly focused on funding for early childhood education, the federal deficit reduction and other top priorities. According to PTA Vice President Dorothy Gardner, the organization works with localized PTA branches throughout the state to improve child welfare within schools. Then, the group works with those units to host an annual town hall meeting for that area that allows community members to address some educational issues that have come up throughout the year with elected representatives. The Springfield Council PTA is the local branch that will work with the Missouri PTA to run this year’s event.
  • OzarksFirst: Harter House hosts 5th annual ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ program. Here’s your chance to once again be Santa to a senior. Harter House is set to host the fifth annual Be a Santa to a Senior program, allowing people to buy holiday gifts for folks in need. Harter house along with Home Instead Senior Care have set up a Christmas tree at the grocery store’s Republic Road location. The idea is simple: stop by pick up an ornament, buy a gift, and bring it back. From there, it will be delivered to a senior. This year’s goal is to collect and deliver more than 500 gifts. The deadline to drop off presents is December 14.
  • KY3: Health officials warn of highly-contagious stomach bug. The Taney County Health Department issued a warning last week that a highly-contagious stomach bug is being passed from person-to-person.  Epidemiologists confirmed six cases of the Norovirus so far.  The stomach bug causes both vomitting and diarrhea and can last up to three days. According to the Branson Chamber of Commerce, 7 million tourists visit Branson each year.  Many of them travel from hundreds of miles away, presenting a unique challenge for preventing disease. The virus can live on shopping carts, door knobs, sinks, and other surfaces.  Hand washing is the number one way to prevent it.  Doctors also advise wiping surfaces down with bleach.

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