St. Louis, MO – A branch of the Catholic Church is moving its diocesan headquarters to St. Louis. Thursday, church and civic leaders gathered to dedicate the new Maronite Catholic Pastoral Center. The building will serve the diocese of Our Lady of Lebanon, which is moving from Los Angeles.
The Maronite Church is one of 22 rites of the Catholic faith. Archbishop Justin Rigali, who heads the Latin, or Roman rite of the St. Louis archdiocese, says the Maronite community adds to the richness of the Catholic Church.
St. Louis, MO – The national spotlight remains on Missouri's U.S. Senate race and the parade of nationally recognized politicians continues through Missouri.
Two leading Congressional Democrats - Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman and Congressman John Conyers Junior of Michigan - visited Kansas City Thursday morning to boost Senator Jean Carnahan's campaign.
Carnahan's Republican opponent, Jim Talent, was in Cape Girardeau for a rally headlined by Vice President Dick Cheney.
St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis AIDS agency has put its director on paid leave.
The move comes amid allegations that a gay-porn movie star stripped and had sexual contact with guests during an agency-sponsored event in the director's home. The board of Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS voted yesterday to place Erise Williams Jr. on indefinite leave.
Williams says the allegations are false. The city is also investigating whether federal grant money was improperly spent.
Belleville, Illinois – A Champaign man is suing the Belleville Diocese and a retired Salem priest who he says sexually abused him 19 years ago.
A lawyer representing 41-year-old James Wisniewski says his client only recently recalled the sexual abuse he says he suffered from 1973 to 1978. Wisniewski's lawsuit accuses the Reverend Raymond Kownacki.
St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Historical Society has unveiled plans for a national exhibit to celebrate the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.
A letter written by Thomas Jefferson and Meriwether Lewis's telescope are among the more than 400 original artifacts that will make up what planners call the most comprehensive Lewis and Clark exhibit ever.
Democratic Senator Jean Carnahan and Republican challenger Jim Talent are both working overtime to earn and turn out every vote they can in the hotly contested Missouri Senate race. But as KWMU's Hillary Wicai reports both candidates' teams are particularly concentrating on the women's vote.