Metro-East News

Overnight briefing: Catch up on the news you missed on Labor Day

Man charged with murder in spilled-beer killing

A St. Louis man is in custody in connection with a fatal shooting over spilled beer Saturday morning in Sauget. Lamarc R. Garrett, 33, is charged with first degree murder and bond has been set at $1 million. Get more details here.

Obstacles remain to getting medical marijuana

Tens of thousands of Illinois patients who potentially could qualify for the medical marijuana cards they need to obtain the medicine will be out of luck — either because they can’t find physicians to sign off on the cards, or because they can’t afford pricey cannabis-based products in light of the fact that health insurance companies such as Aetna and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois refuse to cover it. Get more details here.

Motorcycle accident claims one life

A passenger on a motorcycle died Sunday evening after an accident on Illinois 127 north or County Farm Road. Get more details here.

Sheila Simon will run for Illinois Senate

The former lieutenant governor says she’ll enter the race to replace state Sen. Dave Luechtefeld, who announced he will not run for re-election earlier this year. Get more details here.

Scores gather to mourn slain police officer

Several hundred police officers from around the country attended a funeral Monday for a suburban Chicago lieutenant shot and killed last week, and residents of the area turned out by the thousands to watch the hearse go by. Get more details here.

Kentucky clerk appeals here jailing

Attorneys for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis officially appealed the ruling to the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sunday. The three page motion does not include arguments as to why Davis should be released but amends Davis’ earlier appeal of the judge’s order. Get more details here.

Hillary Clinton hopes fall will stem her fall

After this summer of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s discontent, when her public support dropped while the stock of real and potential challengers rose, her checklist for a campaign revamp this fall is long. Get more details here.

Is Iraq too broke to fight ISIS?

Iraq’s ability to fight Islamic State extremists who control roughly a third of the country is hampered by a financial crisis that’s left the Baghdad government operating “hand to mouth,” Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily warned this week. Get more details here.

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