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Utah Supreme Court Rules Against Clergy Malpractice Claim
A ruling Friday by the Utah Supreme Court is already being called a landmark as the court ruled that the US Constitution's First Amendment prohibits lawsuits over so-called clergy malpractice. The ruling upheld a lower-court decision dismissing a lawsuit against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The complainant, Lynette Earl Franco, said that local LDS Church officials defended the youth that she claims molested her at her expense.

LDS Politician appointed to the Alberta cabinet
In the election held in Alberta on the 12th of March 2001, two members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were elected MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly). Ian McClelland won as a member of the ruling Progressive Conservatives and Greg Melchin was re-elected from Calgary.

Latter-day Saints in Alberta Election
As the 12 March provincial election in Alberta quickly draws near, it is growing ever more obvious how much Albertan Latter-day Saints are heeding this counsel. The seven LDS candidates running this year is a far cry from the three running in the national election only five months ago.

Romney Doubts Run for Massachusetts Governor
With only a year to go before the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, SLOC President, Mitt Romney, is fielding questions about a possible 2002 run for governor of Massachusetts. Newsweek named Romney "the GOP's top contender." John Brockelman, executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party said, "Certainly we Republicans in Massachusetts would love to have Mitt Romney back here and run for any office he chooses."

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Utah Wins Look at Census Methods
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- As part of the lawsuit over including US military personnel but not counting LDS missionaries abroad, the US Census Bureau has agreed to give Utah's lawyers information on how the agency counts federal employees and those serving in the military when overseas.

The state hopes that the information will show how the Census Bureau verifies the accuracy of its overseas count of military and federal workers, and bolster the state's claim that LDS missionaries should also be counted. "They haven't verified what they did count overseas," said Mike Lee, an attorney representing Utah's Attorney General. "This really boxes them into a corner."

Meanwhile, North Carolina's Attorney General says that the lawsuit will delay the state's redistricting process. "This (court case) will delay redistricting, and that's why we have asked the court to rule on this matter," Cooper told reporters on Tuesday, March 6th.

U.S. Census Bureau will give Utah method for counting out-of-state people
Ogden UT Standard-Examiner 10Mar01 T1
By Amy K. Stewart: The Daily Herald
Census dispute with Utah will delay redistricting
Wilson NC Daily Times 7Mar01 T1
By Alex Keown, Daily Times Staff Writer


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