Don’t miss these top news items Friday on BND.com:
▪ One person was injured and the occupants of six apartments were left homeless after a blaze Thursday night in Dupo.
▪ The state budget standoff hits close to home as service cuts are planned by the East Side Health District due to a lack of funds. The agency will have to cut back to four days a week if state leaders can’t agree to a budget in the next 18 days.
▪ A Belleville man killed in a tragic mowing accident is remembered as a “really great guy.” Authorities originally thought he’d pull through after suffering burns over half his body. But the trauma proved to be too much.
▪ The St. Louis Cardinals won a wild game Thursday night at Busch Stadium to stretch their Central Division lead to 5 1/2 games over the Pittsburgh Pirates. After two consecutive shutouts, the Redbirds scored three in the ninth to defeat Colorado 9-8.