St. Louis, MO – Bishops gave reports on various policy matters but formal presentations did not address the sexual abuse scandal the church has been dealing with for more than a year. Starting next week, every Catholic diocese in the country will be audited for their compliance to the church's national charter on sexual abuse prevention. Kathleen McChesney leads that office:
Washington, D.C. – The Air Force won't court-martial two Illinois pilots who mistakenly bombed Canadian troops last year, killing four in Afghanistan. That's according to a senior defense official who spoke only on the condition of anonymity.
St. Louis, Mo. – New findings out of Washington University in St. Louis could lead to better information about the causes of male infertility.
Working with scientists in Massachusetts, the St. Louis team discovered that the male Y chromosome contains many duplicate genes that control sperm production.
Dr. Rick Wilson directs Washington University's Genome Sequencing Center. He says the findings disprove a theory that suggested the Y chromosome is slowly degrading, leading to the eventual extinction of human males.
Independence, MO – The family of a Highway Patrol trooper who died in a rear-end collision in western Missouri is suing Ford Motor Company. They allege the location of the patrol car's fuel tank played a part in the car catching fire.
Michael Newton's family filed the lawsuit Tuesday, as did Michael Nolte of Leawood, Kansas. Nolte was in the car with Newton and survived the crash.
Theirs are the latest in a series of claims against Ford for its design of the Crown Victoria, which is commonly used by police.