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  LDS Church to Comply With Subpoena in Green Polygamy Case
In an unusual move, Juab county, Utah prosecutor David Leavitt issued a subpoena last week requesting LDS Church records on polygamist Thomas Arthur Green, currently under prosecution for polygamy. The subpoena covers the period before the birth of a child to his then 14-year-old wife, Linda Kunz. Green, who has been excommunicated from the LDS Church, was no longer a Church member in 1985 and 1986, the period covered by the subpoena.

  Birmingham Temple Dedicated
The LDS Church's Birmingham Temple was dedicated on Sunday by LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, and local members got to participate in the traditional cornerstone laying ceremony, which was covered by the Birmingham News. About 2,800 Church members attended the dedicatory ceremonies in the Temple while another 7,000 watched through satellite hookups.

  North Omaha Glad to See New Church
A new Mormon Temple in Florence, Nebraska is expected to fuel the revitalization of the business areas surrounding the new two acre site. The temple will be built near the historic Mormon Pioneer Cemetery at 34th and State Streets.  "We're hoping to become a mini-Old Market area," said business owner Karen Ketter. She opened two businesses, Anchors Away, a travel agency, and Stoned Gardens Etc. a statuary and garden store at 86l6 N. 30th St. in April 1999.  The temple is due to open next year.

  Both BYU Campuses Advance In US News Rankings
Both BYU's main campus in Provo and BYU-Hawaii in Laie, Hawaii advanced in US News &World Reports' annual survey of US colleges. BYU advanced in the "National Universities" category, ranking 78th out of the 228 universities in the category, up from 80th last year. And BYU-Hawaii ranked 11th among "Western Liberal Arts Colleges," up from 14th last year.

  Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit in Topeka
The exhibit on the Dead Sea Scrolls prepared by BYU's Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) has come to Topeka, Kansas in an exhibit at an LDS stake center there. The free exhibit looks at what many scholars consider to be the most important archaeological find of the 20th century. The scrolls have shed light on the cultural, religious and political aspects of Jewish life from about 200 B.C. to 70 A.D.

  Chinese religious leaders visit BYU-Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center
On Saturday, September 2, BYU-Hawaii hosted The Chinese Religious Leadership Delegation, which represents leaders of the major religions in China and government leaders over religious affairs. The entourage visited Hawaii on a return trip from the Millennium World Peace Summit at the United Nations General Assembly Chamber on Aug. 28-31. The delegates represented Taoists, Buddhists, Catholics, Christians, and Muslims. More than 1,000 religious leaders from around the world also attended the summit.

  Ricks enrollment climbs again
The official enrollment count is in and it's another record. There are 8,949 students registered at Ricks College for fall semester 2000. The total beat last falls' enrollment of 8,628 and winters' of 8,840.

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