St. Louis, MO – Mertens' fellow commissioners have both backed the proposal by Riviera Holdings. The company wants to bring a $150 million-dollar casino and entertainment complex to Barnhart. The gaming commission voted in June to consider another casino in the St. Louis area. Other companies have proposed rival projects in south St. Louis County. The gaming commission plans to study the casino proposals over the next three months.
AP – Clohessy, who lives in St. Louis, directs the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. He says being listed by the magazine confirms the Catholic Church is starting to face the problem of sexual abuse by clergy. Clohessy likened the ongoing saga to an infection in the body of the Catholic church, with lay people bringing the problem to light. Clohessy says Catholic lay people must continue to promote the cause and provide support for abuse victims.