Metro-East News

Evening briefing: Catch up on Wednesday’s big news

Court allows veteran’s lawsuit to proceed

Attorneys for Madison County and veterans’ advocate Bradley Lavite appeared in court Wednesday to argue motions in Lavite’s lawsuit seeking to be permitted back into his office, six months after a mental breakdown caused by post-traumatic stress disorder. Get more details here.

TRANSCOM head officially installed

Gen. Darren McDew officially became the 12th commander of the U.S. Transportation Command during a ceremony that drew dozens of generals, admirals and high-ranking civilian members of the U.S. defense establishment, including Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Get more details here.

Flyers, Crusaders earn high rankings

In the Associated Press preseason rankings, East St. Louis (7-5 last season) came in fourth in Class 6A and Althoff (7-4) was fourth in Class 4A. Both teams garnered one first-place vote each. Get more details here.

Judges eschew retention, will run for election

Judges John Baricevic, Robert Haida and Robert LeChien have filed paperwork that they will retire in December 2016 but will run for their judges’ jobs in the November 2016 general election, where they need only a majority of votes instead of the 60 percent required if they ran for retention. Get more details here.

Rams stadium hits roadbloack in Missouri legislature

Missouri's legislative budget leaders said they oppose spending taxpayer money on a new St. Louis football stadium, casting serious doubts on whether supporters can cobble together enough money for the facility before an approaching NFL vote on whether to relocate the Rams. Get more details here.

Chicago cop’s Ferguson comment under investigation

Chicago police said Wednesday that the head of the department has ordered the investigation of an incident in which a white officer tells a man shooting a video that Michael Brown "deserved" to be shot last year. Get more details here.

Get the latest on the shooting of two TV journalists

reporter and photographer for a Virginia television station were killed Wednesday after a shooting during a live broadcast from a shopping center, the station reported. Authorities said the suspected gunman, 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan, has died at the hospital after shooting himself while fleeing from police. Get more details here.

Colorado theater gunman sentenced to life plus 3,318 years

The man who unleashed a murderous attack on a packed Colorado movie theater was ordered Wednesday to serve life in prison without parole plus 3,318 years – the maximum allowed by law – before the judge told deputies, “Get the defendant out of my courtroom, please.” Get more details here.