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Judge's Ruling Will Delay Resolution of Census Lawsuit
US District Court Judge Dee Benson declined a request to impanel a special three-judge court to hear Utah's challenge to the Census count, and in the process delayed the resolution of the case. Benson ruled that calling the three judge panel required a challenge to the count's constitutionality, but since Utah hadn't raised such a challenge, he would have to hear the case himself.

LDS Church Member, Utah's 'Porn Czarina,' Gets National Attention
Paula Houston, a returned missionary and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has spent some time viewing hard-core pornography. While these seemingly incongruent facts may bring pause, Houston is only doing her job. Houston is a conservative 41-year-old graduate from Brigham Young University and is also the newly appointed "Porn Czar" for the state of Utah.

Mormons Looking to Vote in Nauvoo Can't Establish Residency
Several members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois were denied the right to vote. Residents needed to register by March 6 in order to vote in the April 3 mayoral election between incumbent Democrat Tom Wilson and Republican Dan Capener who is a member of the LDS church.

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Mormon Arizona State Representative Seeks to Cut Dental Association Budget
PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- Rep. Karen Johnson, R-Mesa, has proposed cutting the $750,000 budget of the Arizona Board of Dental Examiners because they haven't required Dentists to disclose the potential dangers of mercury fillings and root canals. Johnson, along with several other conservative Mormon legislators, says she wants to give patients more choice, "I believe in a patient's choice. I think holistic dentistry is fine." Johnson's critics say she is putting spirituality over science, and her suggestion has angered the Arizona Dental Association.
State lawmaker wants to eliminate budget for dental examiners' board
(Phoenix) AZ Republic (AP) 5Mar01 T2


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