The big buzz in Springfield on Friday is about a new arena for Missouri State University. A compilation of all the leaks from the campus shows the arena will cost about $60 million; will be juiced by a $25 million gift from John Q. Hammons; and will be completed by late 2008.
We heard most of these details on KSMU, the public-radio station. They were first with the story at just before noon on Thursday.
So imagine our surprise when we read Friday's News-Leader (online, of course) and saw this curious tagline at the end of the paper's arena story:
News-Leader.com was first to report this story Thursday afternoon.