Daily brief (11/28): orefpicks from the Springfield media

Sunny, with a high near 53. Wind chill factor as low as 18 early.

Tonight will be mostly clear with a low 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: Giraffe population rising at Dickerson Park Zoo. A new giraffe calf was born Friday at the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield. The birth is the zoo’s third of the season. The calf’s birth marks a number of firsts for the zoo. According to a release from the zoo, the birth of this calf also makes the first time in zoo history that three generations will be represented in the giraffe yard. The zoo now has eight giraffes: four adult females, one adult male, two female calves, and the newest member, a male calf. While Dickerson Park Zoo has plenty of room for the giraffes, they might not all be staying. The zoo could soon be welcoming a fourth calf as well. The zoo’s fourth adult female is pregnant, and is expected to give birth in January. All of the giraffes, including the newest calf, are visible to zoo guests.
  • OzarksFirst:Drury Student’s website features hidden gems in Springfield. Whether you’ve lived in the Ozarks your whole life or just moved here, we’ve found a way to look at Springfield in a whole new way. Rebecca Anderson, a senior at Drury University, has created a new website just for you.  ExclusivelySGF.com was part of a class project and has been running since September. Rebecca’s teacher encouraged all his students to create something that would be useful after college. Anderson created the site to show the community the town’s unique hidden gems. Anderson’s teacher, Jonathan Groves, says Anderson’s site is unique and identifies a need in the community, one of the main components to the assignment.
  • KSMU: Springfield Police Department acquires accreditation again. The Springfield Police Department was recently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, also known as the CALEA. According to a press release sent out by the department, this is the fifth time the department has been accredited. The accreditation happens every three years, meaning that the SPD has achieved 15 continuous years of the approved status. This means the police department also earned the “Meritorious” award from CALEA.  Nearly 16,000 agencies in the US are eligible to apply for the voluntary accreditation; Springfield’s police department was part of only 5% of agencies to achieve this accreditation for the next three years. On behalf of the department, Police Chief Paul Williams accepted the award. Additionally, the Missouri State Highway Patrol was also re-accredited.
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