Daily brief (11/29): Top picks from the Springfield media

Warm Temperatures and plenty of sunshine will make for a nice afternoon on this Thursday.  Expect mostly sunny skies and high temperatures in the low 60s.  We will also have a breezy wind out of the south that could gust up to 30 mph.

Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 30.

Believe it or not, the first couple of days in December will be in the upper 60s and low 70s!  These temperatures are about 20 degrees above the average.

Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Wind chill values as low as 34 early.

Friday night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 49.

Saturday brings a chance of drizzle. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66 and a low around 55. Gust of winds could reach 31 mph.

Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 69 and low near 57.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader:  Public invited to proposals for College Street Corridor. The city once again is turning to residents for input as it refines a plan for West College Street that incorporates nostalgia for the bygone days of Route 66 into future redevelopment. City Council in August approved a plan for redeveloping the portions of West College and Olive streets between Grant Avenue and Kansas Expressway. That plan, which incorporated ideas gathered at eight public meetings, seeks to spur private investment by capitalizing on the area’s history and providing support in the form of city loans, tax incentives and infrastructure improvements.A public meeting tonight — the first of three planned during the next few months — is an extension of the earlier public process.  Topics on tonight’s agenda relate to planned public improvements along the College Street Corridor, including sidewalk and streetscape improvements, “gateway elements” at Grant and Kansas, and a Route 66-themed roadside park in the district’s heart. Finding ways to tie into Historic Route 66 will be a focus. The so-called Mother Road, which ran along College Street en route to the West Coast, was a key element stakeholders identified in earlier discussions.
  • KSMU: Greene County sees first reported case of flu. Now that the first case of flu has been reported in Greene County, the health department will begin weekly updates on flu cases. Health officials are reminding people that it’s never too late to get a flu shot, and that it takes about two weeks for the immune system to boost up resistance to the flu after getting vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated, especially if they are high risk:  that’s young children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with chronic health conditions. Those who work with high-risk people, or who interact with infants 6 months old or younger should also be vaccinated. The Springfield Flu Coalition puts on free flu clinics for uninsured adults each fall, but those are over for this year.  For people without health insurance, if you don’t have a healthcare provider, your best option for a flu shot is now at a retail locations or pharmacy. Mike Brothers is the spokesman for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. Pregnant women, children and those in close contact with infants less than six months old can still receive a shot at no cost at the health department’s Westside Public Health Center, 660 S. Scenic Ave.  You can make an appointment by calling (417) 874-1220, or use the walk-in clinic hours from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. For everyone else, there are options: Mercy will administer flu shots for the next three Fridays at 3265 S. National Avenue, Suite 115.  The vaccination costs $20, and only cash or credit cards will be accepted there.Also, most Walgreen’s stores, and several Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Dillon’s pharmacies are offering flu shots in Springfield and across the Ozarks.For an interactive map of places nearby offering the vaccination, visit www.flu.gov for more.
  • KSPR: Mental illness definition broadens. Three people in three weeks: a young man from Bolivar as charged with threatening to shoot up a local movie theater; another man then vowed to finish the job; and, this week, a man from Springfield told staff at Mercy Hospital he would be returning with guns. In each of those cases, family members have said mental illness is at least partially to blame.  We’re not saying these men and others who claim so are not mentally ill.  What experts are saying is the definition of mental illness is constantly broadening and, sometimes, a diagnosis is a little too easy to come by. For the past decade, Thomlinson says, he’s watched the mental illness spectrum broaden. Thomlinson says that line becomes more blurred with every new edition of a book — “it’s sort of the bible of psychology, what we use to diagnose all human beings” — Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for the American Pyschiatric Association. The fifth edition will be released next year, and it’s rumored to include a new condition called Internet Use Disorder.  Thomlinson says that’s a bit frightening — that we’ve become so quick to diagnose relatively normal behavior, especially when it’s “bad” normal behavior like committing a violent crime. A diagnosis of mental illness should be much more complicated.  Thomlinson hopes it continues to be, so people who can manage on their own don’t undermine those who cannot. Thomlinson says he has seen three conditions broaden the most, and, likely as a result, there’s been a spike in people with them.  They are ADHD in children, depression in adults, and bi-polar disorder in all ages.
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