On an NBC news special covering the tornado that hit an Oklahoma City suburb May 20, a teacher at a public elementary school that took a direct hit explained how she gathered students in as safe a place as possible -- a bathroom stall -- and tried to calm their fears.
Then, she told the reporter, "I did the teacher thing we're probably not supposed to do -- I prayed, and I prayed out loud."
A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Elisha Perez is attending St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, studying general education leading eventually to a degree in occupational therapy. Her hope is to someday volunteer to help other women veterans, perhaps those with spinal cord injuries.
Since leaving after four years of service in the Navy, things haven't been easy for Perez, who has children, ages 2 and 3. She and her children were homeless until she received help from St. Patrick Center to find a place to live.
A federal judge has dismissed lawsuit from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities against the United States government, which challenges the constitutionality of the HHS health care mandate.
About half of those who seek vitally important services from legal aid have to be turned away, the chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court said Oct. 18.
In a talk at a meeting of the Missouri Bar and the Judicial Conference of Missouri, Chief Justice Richard B. Teitelman said that legal services organizations seek to provide services to those in need but only can deal with approximately 80,000 problems a year.
Since the economic downturn in 2007, state courts average about 10 percent more cases associated with economic hardship, Teitelman noted.
WASHINGTON — Hurricane Sandy "is a storm that people in southern New Jersey have feared for a long time because of its direct impact on the coast," an area with that is highly developed and also has a significant rate of poverty, said an official of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Camden, N.J.