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Harrison NY Appeals Decision Favoring Temple
A lawyer for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says that the Church will continue to fight for the right to build a Temple in Harrison, New York, vigorously opposing an appeal by the town of a court decision favorable to the building. Last month a Westchster judge overruled the town's Zoning Board of Appeals, and ordered the board to grant a zoning variance to the Church.

Rexburg Struggles with Change
In this life, nothing is constant except change. And in northern Idaho, the changing face of Rexburg is rapidly bringing that reality into a somewhat painful focus. The recent decision by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to turn Ricks College into a four-year institution will accelerate the pace of change in a community that is still uncertain about the impact that the changes will bring. Over the next five years Ricks College will be transformed into Brigham Young University-Idaho, adding more than 2,500 students and hiring approximately 100 new faculty members.

Mormon Teens 'Expelled' in South Carolina
"Come on, Mormons, get outta here!" yelled one of the mob. Armed with the proclamation signed by Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs in 1839, they were again driving the Mormons away. Only this time the "Mormons" driven were teens in the Charleston South Carolina Stake and the "mob" were just adult stake members trying to give them a history lesson. "It's just to give them an idea of what it was like for the pioneers, to be committed enough to pack up everything they own into [a handcart.]"

Missionary Help Makes Alaska TV
A service project by a group of missionaries made the news as an example of how to help the poor. Elder Shawn Watkins and his companions built an access ramp at the home of Nina Magnuson with materials provided by a local building supply store, and their efforts were covered in a KTUU TV2 news story.

Lethbridge Open House Great Success
The second annual community open house held by the Lethbridge Alberta West Stake was a great success. Held 29 March 2001, activities were held in all three meetinghouses on Lethbridge's West Side.

LaVell Edwards featured at BYU devotional April 10
LaVell Edwards, head coach of the BYU football team for 29 seasons, will speak at a Brigham Young University devotional on Tuesday (April 10) at 11 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

Devotional: Elaine L. Jack
"Fly on and fly as one" was the topic of Elaine Jack, former president of the General Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at Tuesdayís Ricks College devotional.

Linda Lingle speaks at BYU-Hawaii Forum
Linda Lingle, former Mayor of Maui County, encouraged BYU-Hawaii students to consider a future in public service and active political involvement at a forum on April 5th. The forum sponsored by the University Honor's Program dealt with morals, ethics and values in politics. Lingle, a prominent contender in the last Hawaii governor's race, shared her professional experiences in her 18 years of public service.

Ricks to break ground for new building
Ground breaking services for a 54,000 square-foot, multi-use building on the Ricks College campus will be held Wednesday, April 18, at 2 p.m. in the Taylor Building chapel.

Forensics Team Wins Top Awards
The Ricks College Forensics Team showed up at the national forensics tournament for four-year colleges and universities and talked their way into earning many of the top awards. The two-year junior college surprised a lot of four-year schools by winning the individual events sweepstakes award and placing second overall behind Rice University.

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