Don’t miss these top stories Friday on BND.com:
▪ SIUE, McKendree and Lindenwood Universities have been honored by U.S. News & World Report as top regional schools in the Midwest, meanwhile, all three schools reported the recognition has paid off in the form of strong fall enrollment at their metro-east campuses.
▪ Are you missing the southern-style cooking of Lotawata Creek? The popular Fairview Heights eatery is expected to re-open for business in about 10 days. It has been closed since June because of a kitchen fire.