CHURCH ABUSE-PRESBYTERIAN LAWSUIT
Presbyterian Church named in abuse lawsuit
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A minister is taking his own denomination to task, claiming in a lawsuit that the Presbyterian Church was partly responsible for sexual abuse he suffered as a teenager.
The Rev. Kris Schondelmeyer, a 31-year-old youth minister in Toledo, Ohio, is seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit whose defendants include the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the First Presbyterian Church of Fulton, Missouri, and his alleged abuser, Jack Wayne Rogers.
Schondelmeyer says he was sexually abused at a youth conference in Maryland in 2000. The suit claims Rogers was a lay minister allowed to chaperone despite a 1992 child pornography conviction.
An attorney for the denomination declined to comment.
Rogers has a long criminal history and is housed in a federal prison on child porn and obscenity convictions. He does not have an attorney.
Missouri considers electronic privacy amendment
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures. A proposed Missouri constitutional amendment would explicitly extend those legal protections to text messages, emails and other electronic communications.
The Amendment 9 ballot measure would require police to first obtain a warrant in order to search or seize "electronic communications and data." Supporters say the legal protection is needed despite a recent federal Supreme Court ruling that upheld privacy protections against police cellphone searches.
Legislators who referred the measure to the Aug. 5 ballot say a state constitutional provision could help guard against excessive government intrusion, such as the recent National Security Agency eavesdropping scandal. The amendment also has the support of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri.
Express Scripts expansion could mean 1,500 jobs
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The nation's largest company that manages pharmacy benefits is opening a new office building in St. Louis County as part of an expansion expected to add 1,500 jobs over the next few years.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday helped Express Scripts mark the $56 million expansion project. The company received nearly $7 million in tax incentives from the state, and could be eligible for additional tax credits of nearly $25 million if all 1,500 jobs are created.
The project adds 11,500 square feet to the company's technology and innovation center. Express Scripts now occupies more than a million square feet in an area near the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus.
The company, founded in 1986, provides pharmacy benefits for more than 85 million Americans.
90 AND SKYDIVING
Woman, 90, realizes dream of skydiving
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis woman has realized her dream of skydiving, and it only took her nine decades to pull it off.
KSDK-TV reports that 90-year-old Evelyn Stolz made the jump Sunday with her family watching.
Stolz served in the Navy during World War II and wanted to be a parachute rigger. She missed out on the job because, at 95 pounds, she was too small.
Victim forced into trunk in St. Louis carjacking
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 22-year-old woman is in custody, and St. Louis police are searching for additional suspects following a carjacking in which the victim was forced into the trunk.
KTVI-TV reports that the crime happened Sunday morning. The victim was ordered at gunpoint into the trunk. Later, when allowed to get out, the victim was struck with a pistol. He was treated at a hospital.
Police are searching for a man and a woman also believed to be involved in the crime.
DIRT BIKE ACCIDENT
Boy, 13, dies in Missouri dirt bike accident
PARK HILLS, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri boy has died following a collision of two dirt bikes at a state park in St. Francois County.
Thirteen-year-old Chance Harris of St. Peters died in the accident Sunday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Chance was riding at St. Joe State Park when the front of his dirt bike struck the front of a bike driven by 39-year-old Mahres Driver, also of St. Peters.
Chance was taken to a Farmington hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Driver was airlifted to a suburban St. Louis hospital, where he is in serious condition.
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