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FEMA Urges St. Louisans To Buy Flood Insurance

Federal officials are encouraging St. Louis residents to enroll in flood insurance, in anticipation of a potentially severe flood season. Most homeowners and renters-insurance policies don’t cover flooding, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency offers flood insurance to residents in thousands of U.S. cities, including St. Louis. The program — which dates back to the late 1960s — sets insurance rates based on building location, age and other factors.

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St. Louis, MO – City workers and two St. Louis aldermen have filed a lawsuit to stop city employees from working polls on Election Day.

A judge must decide whether employees can legally collect both a city paycheck and a stipend for working the polls. A city union says civil service employees can only do work that fits their job or risk being fired.

St. Louis, MO – Jim Talent and Senator Jean Carnahan are
seeking crucial undecided votes today, as a new poll gives Talent the apparent lead.

Carnahan's schedule includes rallies in St. Louis and Hannibal. Talent, her Republican challenger, is making campaign stops in Joplin, Hannibal, Columbia and St. Louis.

A poll in the Kansas City Star shows Talent with 46 percent, Carnahan with 41 and 12 percent undecided.

The poll has a margin of error of four percentage points.

St. Louis, MO – African-Americans and other minorities who paid higer premiums on Metropolitan Life Insurance policies than whites because of their race will be compensated.

The state of Missouri announced a settlement with MetLife today that will pay $4.8-million to more than 55,000 state residents. Missouri Department of Insurance general counsel Eric Martin says policyholders will receive between $20 and $80 each.

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.

Jefferson City, MO – Doctors say the rising cost of medical malpractice insurance could force them to cut back services or move out of Missouri.

Several physicians testified yesterday at a public hearing requested by Governor Bob Holden and hosted by the state Insurance Department.

Holden says he wants to find out why malpractice insurance rates are rising when the number or claims in Missouri is falling.

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Slay says the city is planning a hassle-free election for city voters Tuesday.

He and other city leaders say they've covered every conceivable detail; from automated wake-up calls for election judges to having lists of people with keys to polling places incase doors are locked.

The city is hoping to avoid a repeat of Election Day two years ago, when some voters were turned away in confusion that led to a Justice Department lawsuit.

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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.

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