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With help from its primary insurer, The Hartford, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Boy Scouts of America reached a tentative agreement to pay out more than $1 billion in claims to men who were molested in the organization. 

Cache County has the third-highest concentration of Latter-day Saints of anywhere in the country.

Saturday evening sessions of General Conference for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be discontinued beginning in October. Previously, the Utah-based faith held a session for women during their October general conference and a session for priesthood holders during their April conference. 

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President Donald Trump is impeached. Utah Republican Congressmen Chris Stewart, Rob Bishop and John Curtis vote against impeachment, while Democrat Ben McAdams votes for it. And a whistleblower claims that the LDS Church stockpiled $100 billion in charitable donations.

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Historian Patrick Q. Mason has been named the new Leonard J. Arrington Endowed Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University. The Arrington Chair, the first such Mormon Studies professorial chair in the world, is housed in the Religious Studies program within the History Department.

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LGBTQ groups and child welfare advocates are celebrating Governor Herbert’s directive to regulate the dangerous practice of conversion therapy. Last week, Herbert ordered the state licensing board for psychologists to develop regulations around the so-called therapy. 

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints comes out against an LGBTQ rights bill in Congress. In a separate move, the faith announces a plan to increase political participation on the part of its members. And Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox launches his gubernatorial campaign.  At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune government and politics editor Dan Harrie, reporter Courtney Tanner, and columnist George Pyle join KCPW's Roger McDonough to talk about the week's top stories. Every Friday at 9 a.m., tune in to Utah Public Radio for the broadcast.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reverses a policy that generally prevented the children of same-sex parents from joining the faith, and that labeled same-sex married couples apostates.

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Salt Lake Tribune editors reflect on the stories that defined 2018, including the debate around medical marijuana, the seismic shifts inside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, election-year battles, fallen heroes, gun protests and wildfires. 

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The November election ballots hit mailboxes this week, with 27 of Utah's 29 counties voting primarily by mail. Plus, comments by Latter-day Saint leader Dallin H. Oaks about the LGBTQ community stir up controversy. And President Donald Trump's approval rating in Utah keeps falling.   

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski says lawsuits are coming on the inland port because she believes the legislation that created it is unconstitutional. A Vernal detective walks a delicate line between enforcement and entrapment in sexual solicitation arrests. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints excommunicates a former LDS bishop who has been critical of one-on-one interviews between Mormon clergy and youths. And one of Elizabeth Smart's kidnappers is freed from prison. 

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This year’s Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture will be presented by Darius Gray. The lecture, titled “Redeeming a People: The Critical Role of Historical Examination in Moving Cultural and Moral Trajectories,” is 7 p.m. today at the Logan Tabernacle, 50 N. Main St. The evening’s events will also include performances by the Deborah Bonner Unity Gospel Choir.

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Members of the local Kingston polygamist group are indicted in a $500 million tax-credit scheme, raising questions about a $50,000 campaign donation to Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. Also, a spotlight on the safety of Mormon missionaries, after sexual assault survivors take their case to the Church. And the Inland Port Authority board votes to keep its subcommittee meetings closed to the public. 

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opposes Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative, but not the use of the drug under specific circumstances. Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Chris Stewart respond to news about former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. And though legal, private meetings held by subcommittees of the Inland Port Authority draw more criticism from the public over a lack of transparency. 

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Mormon critics are asking the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to investigate allegations that the church uses a Hawaii cultural center to commit tax fraud.

Gay-rights activist and Mormon critic Fred Karger delivered a complaint to a Honolulu IRS office Thursday asking for an investigation into possible tax abuses involving the Polynesian Cultural Center, Brigham Young University-Hawaii and a Hawaii land management company.

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Opponents of Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative are dropping their lawsuit seeking to prevent the question from being put to voters in November.

The action by Drug Safe Utah Monday clears the path to place the initiative on the ballot.

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A Utah scholar has released a database for tracking the history of African American members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

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The two newest members of a top Mormon governing panel say they hope to bring a new perspective as the first Latin-American and the first person of Asian ancestry to a previously all-white top leadership group that helps make church policy.

Ulisses Soares of Brazil and Gerrit W. Gong, a Chinese-American, made the comments Thursday during their first media interviews since being chosen for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' leadership panel called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles earlier this year.

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In response to the separation of migrant families crossing the U.S./Mexico border, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement in support of keeping families together. A non-partisan group of Mormon women held a vigil in Salt Lake City last weekend for families affected by the separations.

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A woman who says a former Mormon missionary leader raped her in the 1980s is accusing church officials of knowing about the man's prior sexual misconduct before he was appointed.

McKenna Denson's attorneys allege in a court document filed Tuesday that Joseph L. Bishop disclosed to church leaders his "acts of sexual predation" while he was a mission president in Argentina in the late 1970s.

A Navajo Nation judge is refusing to dismiss lawsuits claiming Native American children were sexually abused while enrolled in a Mormon church foster program.

Judge Carol Perry said in the ruling released Thursday the cases should be heard in Navajo court.

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Utah authors band together to criticize the founders of the FanX convention for their response to sexual harassment allegations. At its State Central Committee meeting, the Utah Republican Party removes some of its women and minority members, and also elects a new vice chairperson. And, in an historic meeting, LDS Church leaders get together with officials of the NAACP to collaborate on humanitarian and education efforts.

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A Mormon church spokesman says an intruder broke into a church temple in southern Utah and damaged furniture, artwork and other terms before being stopped by church workers and arrested by police.

Eric Hawkins of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says the St. George Temple resumed normal operations after the incident Saturday morning.

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 An invasive plant makes the jump from Salt Lake City gardens to the surrounding foothills. Deer ticks carrying lyme disease rear their heads more frequently in Utah due to climate change. And after more than a century, The LDS Church and the Boy Scouts of America begin to part ways. 

 

Logan Scout Master Responds To LDS Church And BSA Break-up

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By continuing with Scouts BSA until the LDS church implements their new program, Thomas believes the young men will make an easier transition to the church’s new program in 2020.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for more than 100 years. In a statement Tuesday the LDS Church announced it will conclude its relationship with the scouting program by 2020.

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The Mormon church says it will celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of its reversal of a ban on blacks in the religion's lay priesthood.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Monday night that the celebration will take place June 1 in Salt Lake City.

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The woman who says she was raped by a Missionary Training Center president sues the LDS Church and comes forward to tell her story. The state of Utah asks for control of unclaimed water in Bear Lake, prompting concerns from environmentalists about downstream effects. And how Salt Lake City's priorities for an inland port were pushed aside during this year's legislative session. 

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A woman who recently accused a former Mormon missionary training center director of raping her in the 1980s and the church of failing to take her allegations seriously has sued them.

In the lawsuit filed Wednesday, the woman repeats her allegation that Joseph L. Bishop sexually assaulted her in 1984 when he was president of the religion's Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah.

The Mormon church is investigating a former missionary training center president who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the 1980s.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement posted to its website Tuesday that the allegations are "deeply disturbing" and would lead to formal discipline if true.

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At a rare, school-sanctioned event, four LGBT students at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University spoke to about 600 students about what it's like to reconcile their religious beliefs with sexual identities that don't fit within the religion's belief system.

Addison Jenkins, who spoke at the first LGBT campus forum last year, said the school took a step forward Thursday by hosting the panel.

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