Don’t miss these top stories on bnd.com today:
▪ An East St. Louis man has been charged with seven felonies in connection with a sexual assault of a woman in her home. Police said they were able to track down the attacker because he allegedly dropped his ID while assaulting the woman.
▪ Political debt? State Sen. James Clayborne’s appointee to the Illinois Prison Review Board, Vonetta Harris, owed more than $300,000 in back student loans at the time she was hired. She’s in bankruptcy now.
▪ O’Fallon police continue to seek the public’s help in the search for a hit and run driver that left a man in critical condition.
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▪ The party’s over for metro-east students who have to return to school. Here’s a photo gallery of kids on their first day of a new school year.