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 3 LDS Bishops Can't Be Charged For Failing To Report Sex Abuse
The county prosecutor in Logan, Utah says he can't prosecute three LDS bishops for failing to report alleged child abuse by 44-year-old Jay Toombs of Benson, Utah. Toombs faces three counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child for fondling a 10-year-old boy in 1993 and 1994.

 LDS May Rent TRAX for Conference
The LDS Church has been approved by the Utah Transit Authority to rent Salt Lake City's light rail system for General Conference on Sunday, April 2nd, when the system is normally closed. While the Church hasn't yet said that it will rent the system, approval has been granted and the system is available. The approval comes as the Church plans to use its new Conference Center for the meetings, accommodating more than 20,000 people, three times the number that could be accomodated at previous sessions of General Conference.

 Former LDS Missionary Tries To Avoid Murder Conviction In Wife's Killing
The murder trial of former LDS missionary Daniel Mackay, 44, began Wednesday with the defense admitting that Mackay killed Debby Mackay by crushing her skull with a baseball bat two years ago. But defense attorneys claim that Mackay was provoked by his wife's infidelities, mood swings and threats over the custody of their children, leading him to kill his wife in a fit of passion.

 Mormon Members Of Indian Tribe Denied Tribe Membership
The descendants of five families who left the Catawba Indian reservation in South Carolina in the 1880s after joining the LDS Church have been denied a place on the Catawba tribal roll, which determines who is eligible for shares of an $8 million federal land claim settlement. The decision also affects who will be recognized as future members.

 LDS Security Guard Says He Was Fired By Playboy For His Religion
An LDS security guard has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, Playboy Enterprises, claiming the company discriminated against him because he was Mormon. Mark Bradley says he was fired December 1, 1998 after his supervisor learned he was LDS.

 LDS National Guardsman Killed In Car Crash
U.S. National Guardsman Erich Hans Taeger, 22, an LDS returned missionary who was preparing for a tour of duty in Bosnia, was killed Saturday morning in an off-dutycar accident. Taeger was the passenger in a car driven by Specialist CoreyOrtiz, 26, when the car crossed the road's center-line and struck a tree at about 2 a.m. There are no indications of alcohol abuse in the accident and no skid marks. The crash is under investigation.

 Sister Okazaki To Speak At 'Okazaki' Stake, Japan
Sister Chieko Okazaki, former counselor in the General Relief Society presidency, will speak at a district 30-year anniversary commemoration service at Okazaki Stake, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, on April 12th. Chieko Okazaki served as first counselor in the General Relief Society presidency from 1990-1997, continues to write and speak about LDS issues, and is well known for her five best-selling LDS books.

 Fresno temple boon to Merced Mormons
Millegan, a writer for the Bee newspapers of central California, again writes about the new Fresno LDS Temple. In a more extensive article, she explains more about the Temple, its location and purpose.

 Reno Temple Open House Announced
An excerpt from the letter from the First Presidency.

 ACLU Examining Mountain View Coach's Blessings
The ACLU's Utah chapter says it may look at a High School girl's basketball coach's practice of giving LDS blessings of comfort to team members before games. The ACLU learned of the practice from a Salt Lake Tribune column published during the Utah state tournament in February. The column described the coach's practice.

 Former LDS Doctor Seeks New Trial
A Fairfield, California obstetrician and former LDS leader who was convicted in 1997 of sexually abusing two female patients is seeking a new trial. Dr. John Parkinson was convicted of 16 counts of sexual abuse and two counts of practicing medicine without a license. He is seeking a new trial and will get a hearing April 12th on his request.

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