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 Former BYU Basketball Coach Stan Watts Dies
Watts started coaching at Millard High School, moving to Dixie College and Jordan High School before taking a job at BYU as head baseball coach, and freshman football and basketball coach. He got the head basketball coach join in 1949, and soon produced a championship team, winning the NIT championship in 1951. He repeated the achievement with BYU's 1966 team.

 LDS Lawyer In Oklahoma Running For State Legislature
Thad Balkman, former Brigham Young University political science graduate, will run for the Oklahoma State House of Representatives in the November, 2000 election. He will oppose Democrat Wallace Collins, who holds the current House seat. Balkman, originally from Long Beach, Calif., is a Republican who will run on a tax reform platform with goals to create a business friendly environment and raise public education to a higher level.

 Mormon Orphan Seeks Her Vietnamese Heritage
A Mormon woman, Kathy X. Thielen, 26, returned recently from Vietnam to her home in Keene, New Hampshire following three months learning the Vietnamese language and culture and searching for information about her birth and heritage. Thielen was one of nearly 400 abandoned Vietnamese children airlifted to safety during the fall of Saigon in 1975. She was adopted that year by Mormons Bruce and Susy Thielen of Keene.

 LDS CEO Runs Hospital 'Humanely'
Another Mormon in the news for the good that he is doing. This time its the story of Mark Howard, the CEO of Columbia/HCA MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. He attended Snow College, BYU, and UCLA, ending up with a masters degree in hospital administration. After spending time in the Air Force and over two decades in the health care sector in Utah, he was hired at his current job.

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