Metro-East News

Overnight briefing: Catch up on Friday’s biggest news

Here’s a chance to clean out your medicine cabinet

Metro-east residents who want to clean out their medicine cabinets are invited to bring expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to collection sites in Edwardsville and Belleville on Saturday. As part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly and the Drug Enforcement Administration will provide a prescription drug disposal site at 10 Public Square in Belleville on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get more details here.

Montclair sales tax on hold in Edwardsville

The proposed sales tax for the Montclair shopping center in Edwardsville is on indefinite hold while the owners and the city sort out their plans for the project. The Montclair shopping center is an older strip mall in the center of Edwardsville, home to a number of small shops such as The Bike Shop, Edwardsville Flea Market, an Illinois Secretary of State driver’s license bureau and anchored by the Deals bargain store. The shopping center was showing its age, with conspicuous vacancies and disrepair to some of its infrastructure Get more details here.

Missouri Planned Parenthood set to lose hospital privileges

A Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia is set to lose its ability to offer medication-induced abortions because of a recent University of Missouri medical committee's decision that put the center's license in jeopardy. Missouri's health department in a Friday letter said the clinic is at risk of losing its license to provide such procedures after an executive committee of University of Missouri Health Care staff voted unanimously the day before to stop offering "refer and follow" privileges, effective Dec. 1. Get more details here.

Prosecutor in Kane case says accuser's mom lied about bag

The prosecutor overseeing the sexual assault investigation of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane says the accuser's mother lied about finding an evidence bag in her doorway. Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said during a news conference Friday he's not sure yet how the two-day sideshow of how evidence was handled affects the main case. Sedita said all the evidence, including the rape kit used to examine the accuser, was handled properly and is still in custody of authorities. Get more details here.

Authorities hope new technology solves 1968 Missouri killing

Authorities in suburban St. Louis who have exhumed the remains of a young girl found dead nearly five decades ago hope technology that has developed since then helps determine her identity and who killed her. St. Charles County investigators removed the girl's remains Thursday from an unmarked plot in Oak Grove Cemetery and took them to the medical examiner's office for analysis and recovery of DNA samples. Get more details here.