St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish is now considering an affiliation with the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. The St. Louis Polish parish broke away from the Roman Catholic Church nearly a decade ago during a dispute over who controlled the parish's finances. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Bishop George Wayne Smith has sent a letter to Episcopal clergy about the proposal. The negotiations come seven months after the Archdiocese of St. Louis dropped its appeal of a judge's ruling that handed over control of St. Stanislaus to its own lay board. The Archdiocese had removed the parish in 2005 when it was at odds over a 19th century agreement that allowed St. Stanislaus to govern its own finances.
In keeping with the spirit of the program, the Missouri State Penitentiary will be the focus of a travel show which features ghosts. The Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventurers" will spotlight the former Missouri prison in an episode this week. The film crew re-enacted the 1954 prison riot and a double-execution conducted at the prison. The program will also focus on the gas chamber and the housing unit that held death row. The Missouri State Penitentiary closed in 2004 and was the oldest continually operating prison west of the Mississippi River. It is located near the state Capitol and overlooks the Missouri River.
A motorcyclist who was killed over the weekend during the Ride of the Century has now been identified. 32-year-old Michael Evans was killed when his motorcycle clipped a parked police car on January Avenue near Elizabeth. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says a group of four riders were speeding down the street when three of them veered to the left of the unmarked car. But the motorcycle driven by Evans attempted to pass on the right-hand side when he clipped the side-view mirror of the car. The motorcycle veered out of control and struck a pole in a wooded area near January Avenue. Evans, a Harrisburg, Illinois resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Muslim civil liberties group says religious bias is behind an attack on an 18 year old college freshman is St. Louis. The local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations wants police to investigate last month's assault on LaSalle Park Court as a possible hate crime. The victim spent three days hospitalized in intensive care after he was hit in the back of the head during an argument with a neighbor's boyfriend, who said his car had been scratched. Police say the suspect demanded money for the vehicle damage after the victim came to the girlfriend’s home to discuss the matter. Members of the victim’s family say they have previously had their tires slashed, windows broken and been the target of religious slurs.
A 19-year-old University of Illinois student remains in custody today after authorities say he threatened classmates while referencing the shootings at Virginia Tech. Dany Sammack is being held on $250,000 bond after he was charged with felony disorderly conduct. The Champaign News-Gazette reports Sammak was arrested over the weekend after he made what authorities said were "terrorist-like threats" and made shooting gestures with his hands. A search by law enforcement of Sammak's home, computer and other property didn't turn up any evidence that he was part of a larger plot to harm others.
Firefighters responding to a call in Park Hills, Missouri got more than they bargained for when they found a marijuana growing operation in the basement. The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills reports that emergency crews were called to the home when the resident's mother fell asleep with a lit cigarette, catching her mattress on fire. This happened early Saturday morning. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, they searched the home and reportedly found about 20 plants, as well as lighting and watering equipment in the basement. Formal charges have not yet been filed.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Governor Jay Nixon says a clause in the income tax cut bill that he vetoed could have triggered a $1.2 billion run on the state treasury.
Attorney General Chris Koster agreed with Nixon's legal analysis this past week. But the projection remains largely hypothetical.
The Missouri bill would trigger a one-half of a percent reduction in state income tax rates if the federal government enacts a measure making it easier for states to collect online sales taxes.
That bill has stalled in the U.S. House. But if it passes, then all of Missouri's roughly 2.8 million income taxpayers would have to amend three years of tax returns for Nixon's projections to hit in a single year.
The courts likely would have to determine whether the retroactive tax refund is legal.
Demonstrators in St. Louis and elsewhere are calling for maternity practices that put mothers and babies ahead of hospitals and insurance companies.
Dozens line Brentwood Boulevard on Labor Day for a "Rally To Improve Birth" demonstration. It was one of 170 rallies nationwide calling for reducing medical interventions and reducing the rate of cesarean section.
Organizers point to United Nations data that shows that the US ranks 45th worldwide in maternal safety even though it has the highest maternity health costs in the world.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois officials are urging residents to make plans for disasters as Gov. Pat Quinn has declared September "Emergency Preparedness Month."
Authorities will work with other states and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to encourage individual plans for homes and businesses.
Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monkenb says a plan should include where to go and how to communicate during disasters as well as an emergency supply kit.
IEMA relies on its Ready Illinois website during disasters. Updates are also posted on Facebook and Twitter. Information is provided about the incident, shelter locations, road closures, safety information and more.
The agency will host its annual emergency management conference Wednesday through Friday in Springfield for more than 1,000 representatives from fire, law enforcement, emergency management and public health.
CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has cancelled a Tuesday luncheon appearance before Chicago's business and political elite to head to Washington and begin preparing for congressional debate on possible action in Syria.
The No. 2 Senate Democrat was among the 15 members of Congress briefed on the situation by telephone last week.
President Barack Obama says he'll seek congressional approval for military strikes against the Assad regime. He's trying to rally support among Americans and congressmen.
Durbin was to speak about sentencing for non-violent drug offenders Tuesday before the City Club of Chicago. His office issued a notice Monday that as a member of Senate leadership and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he'll be in Washington preparing for debate instead.