St. Louis, MO – St. Louis area Catholics have a new archbishop. This morning, the Vatican named Raymond Burke to be the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He's a native of La Crosse, Wis., which is where he's also been bishop for the past nine years.
A formal announcement is scheduled for later this morning. Burke will replace Cardinal Justin Rigali, who left St. Louis this summer to become the Archbishop of Philadelphia.
Granite City, ILL. – Police chased a van from Florissant to Granite City, Ill. early Tuesday morning. In the end, a man whose car was hit by that van died.
Authorities say the van was driving as fast as 110 miles an hour before it crashed into John Smith's Camaro at the intersection of Route 203 and Pontoon Road. Smith died; the van's driver was arrested. His name has not been released. Police are not saying what prompted the chase.
St. Louis, Mo. – A local aerospace expert says Boeing's St. Louis plant is in a strong position despite recent shakeups in the company's executive roster.
Monday, Boeing CEO Phil Condit announced his resignation in the wake of a scandal involving a 767 tanker contract with the Air Force. The move comes one week after Boeing fired its chief financial officer.
Chicago, Ill. – The Chairman and C-E-O of Boeing has resigned. Phil Condit said in a statement this (Mon.) morning he resigned to quote "put the distractions and controversies of the past year behind us."
The resignation comes days after Boeing fired its top financial executive, former St. Louisan Michael Sears. Sears said he negotiated the hiring of a missile defense expert while she worked for the government and was in a position to influence Boeing contracts. The former Air Force official was also dismissed.
St. Louis, MO – More than 350 furloughed American Airlines flight attendants went back to work Tuesday, but only a fraction are based in St. Louis.
The move comes as American is increasing flights nationwide, despite making major cuts at Lambert Airport.
Liz Geiss, a spokeswoman for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, says only the most senior staff will return. "The 352 flight attendants returning does not include any of the former TWA flight attendants," she added.
Chicago, Ill. – The new company president and CEO of Boeing has a St. Louis connection. Harry Stonecipher, 67, will come out of retirement to head the company. Phil Condit on Monday announced his resignation as CEO.
Stonecipher used to be the C-E-O of McDonnell-Douglas before Boeing bought that company in 1997. He worked closely with Condit for five years, serving a number of roles for the Chicago-based company before he retired last year.