Metro-East News

Thursday evening brefing: Catch up on the day’s biggest news

Police searching for woman who tried to rundown others

Moeshia Allen, 19, whose last known address was 1235 McCasland, Apt. 3E, has been charged with four counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, four counts of battery in a public place and one account of failing to report an injury after a motor vehicle crash. Get more details here.

County wants to reconstruct Front Street in East St. Louis

St. Clair County is looking to reconstruct a stretch of Front Street in East St. Louis, a project officials say will help with economic development along the road. Work on the $8.1 million project would take place along Front Street from Trendley Avenue in East St. Louis to where the road dead-ends in Fairmont City. Get more details here.

Rauner signs bill allowing Belleville Township to dissolve

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed a bill allowing the Belleville Township board to vote on whether to dissolve the 130-year-old township in an effort to save money for taxpayers. Get more details here.

Man charged in death of 9-year-old in Ferguson

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch charged De'Eris Brown, 21, of O'Fallon, Missouri, with second-degree murder in the Aug. 18 killing of Jamyla Bolden. Brown also faces three counts of armed criminal action and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon by shooting at a building. He is jailed on $750,000 cash-only bond. Get more details here.

Professor gets court OK to claim U of I destroyed evidence

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber decided Thursday to allow Steven Salaita to amend his lawsuit to include the previously dismissed claim that administrators deleted emails pertinent to the case. Get more details here.

Democratic concerns grow about Hillary’s candidacy

Many in the party are increasingly questioning her handling of official emails while secretary of state and her response to the furor over it. Some worry about her ability to connect with voters. And all this is aggravated by Vice President Joe Biden and his supporters stepping up their soundings on whether to mount a challenge. Get more details here.

Here’s a PC guide to political correctness

Call it political correctness, or call it sensitivity – it can depend on which side you’re on given the term – this summer has seen an escalation of words and terms that set off storms of criticism, often fed and spread by social media. Get more details here.