St. Louis, MO – Pope John Paul II has named St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali the new archbishop of Philadelphia. Rigali will leave the St. Louis archdiocese in October; he's taking over for the retiring Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who just turned 80.
St. Louis Archdiocese spokesman Tony Huenneke says Rigali's new assignment in Philadelphia is a move up; he'll be leading a million more Catholics than he currently does.
Washington, DC – St. Louis Congressmen Dick Gephardt and William Lacy Clay are once again asking President Bush to re-nominate Missouri's Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronnie White to the federal bench.
On Monday, they sent their second letter this year in support of White, who was nominated twice by former President Clinton. Former Senator John Ashcroft, who is now the U.S. Attorney General, led a Senate fight that defeated the nomination.
Congressman John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan also signed the letter.
St. Louis – A federal judge in Washington Tuesday denied a request from the U.S. Justice Department to delay a ruling ordering the Army Corps of Engineers to lower Missouri River water levels.
On Saturday, Judge Gladys Kessler ruled the Corps must reduce flows at a South Dakota dam to protect endangered fish. Corps spokesman Paul Johnston says Kessler's order conflicts with a ruling from another federal judge in St. Louis to keep water high for barges.
Columbia, MO – University of Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons left a Columbia hospital yesterday and reported to jail. He was recovering from broken ribs and a punctured lung sustained in an ATV accident on Independence Day. That accident at the home of the university's president alerted officials that Clemons had violated terms of his work-release program.
Clemons had been serving a 60-day sentence for a conviction arising from a domestic assault case.
One of Congress's reactions to help prevent a repeat of the 2000 election problems in Florida was to send money to states.
Missouri is in the process of applying for as much as 76 million dollars but the funds will not fix every problem. And local election officials are left wondering just who's going to pick up the remaining costs. KWMU's Tom Weber prepared this report
St. Louis, MO – The private company running St. Louis public schools has unveiled its list of 16 schools it wants the School Board to close. The board is expected to vote on the plan at a meeting Tuesday night at Harris-Stowe State College (7:00 PM).
The management firm is trying to close a $90 million budget shortfall and says $15 million in savings can come from closing the schools.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis schools interim superintendent William Roberti announced a plan to close more than a dozen schools. Most of the 16 are elementary schools located in north St. Louis. Officials say the closures could save the district more than $15 million. Roberti says at this point, no teachers are expected to be laid off but adds the same is not true for administrative personnel: