Don’t miss these top stories Thursday on BND.com:
▪ You may have missed your last shot to take some target practice at the World Shooting Complex near Sparta. The venue has been shuttered on the orders of Governor Bruce Rauner and its 151 employees have been laid off.
▪ Tyler Brandenberger, 20 of New Athens, lost his leg following a dirt bike crash over the weekend. But he hasn’t lost his competitive spirit or his love for motorcycles, telling friends he plans to ride again.
▪ St. Clair County pays $900,000 to settle a lawsuit with a teenager who claims he spent nine months in jail following a forced confession. The suspect’s lawyers called the situation “appalling.”
▪ Finally! With only three games left on the 2015 schedule, the St. Louis Cardinals closed out their third-consecutive National League Central Division title thanks to an excellent start by Tyler Lyons and a grand slam by Jason Heyward.