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  DNA Will Show Kleasen Murdered LDS Missionaries, Prosecutors Hope
Prosecutors in Travis county, Texas have contacted the families of murdered LDS missionaries Mark Fischer and Gary Darley and collected DNA samples from them in the hope that the DNA will help convict Robert Elmer Kleasen of their 1974 murder. The lawyers are trying to have their case ready by June, when Kleasen, who is serving a prison sentence in England, is expected to be released and deported to the US.

  Former LDS Missionary Charged with Molesting 11 Girls While on Mission
A North Carolina grand jury has indicted a 27-year-old former LDS missionary for 20 counts of felony sex offenses allegedly committed while he was serving there on an LDS mission. Matthew Nash was indicted on Tuesday for the crimes, allegedly committed during a four-month period in 1999.

  LDS RM Claims Supervisor Raped Him
An LDS returned missionary in Salt Lake City has filed a lawsuit claiming that his former supervisor at Discover Financial Services, Inc. got him drunk and raped him, saying she wanted to corrupt a "young returned missionary." Jason A. Gammell, who went to work for Discover in September 1997 after returning from his mission, sued Angela Martellaro, his team supervisor, and Discover for sexual harassment, religious discrimination and constructive discharge, saying that Martellaro threatened him with losing his job if he didn't "give her what she wanted."

  Altercation in Polygamous Church Meeting Leaves Man Hospitalized
A Bluffdale member of the polygamous Apostolic United Brethren Church, Allen Grover, was attacked and stabbed during a 7 am Sunday meeting held at the church on Monday. The 34-year-old Grover is in fair condition after undergoing surgery at LDS Hospital. Grover was stabbed in the neck by an unnamed assailant who is being charged with attempted homicide.

  Devotional: Spencer J. Condie
Elder Spencer J. Condie, a member of the LDS Church's First Quorum of the Seventy, counseled students about the blessings that come from having the spirit at Tuesday's Ricks College weekly devotional.

  Elder Richard G. Scott at BYU devotional Jan. 23
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak at a Brigham Young University devotional Tuesday (Jan. 23) at 11 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

  Speaking of peace: Matt Hennessee addresses BYU-Hawaii at a Peace Forum
In recognition of Human Rights' Day, BYU-Hawaii students gathered on Jan.16 for a peace forum, featuring guest speaker Matt Hennessee. Hennessee is a friend of Martin Luther King Jr.'s family. The internationally traveled public speaker and Baptist pastor was prominently featured in a Human Rights' Day parade in Honolulu a day earlier.

  BYU students rate low-in student loan default rate
When it comes to repaying their student loans, Brigham Young University students are among the best in the nation. According to the Student Aid News, among schools with more than 1,500 borrowers, BYU's 1998 cohort default rate of 0.83 percent is the third lowest in the country. (1998 default rate data is the most recent U.S. Department of Education calculation.)

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