North Carolina May Lose Aid • Diocese Racketeering • Mississippi Church Guns: News Roundup
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North Carolina May Lose Aid • Diocese Racketeering • Mississippi Church Guns: News Roundup

North Carolina's Religious Protection Law Could Cost the State Federal Money. "Federal officials are considering whether North Carolina's new law restricting LGBT protections makes the state ineligible for federal aid for schools, highways and housing, the officials said Friday. Officials from the federal transportation, education and housing and urban development departments have said they will review the law and determine if it will impact funding to the state, the New York Times reported. The White House has expressed disapproval for the law but has not commented directly on how it could affect federal aid" ("Officials Review Federal Aid after North Carolina LGBT Law," TIME).

Federal Government Considers Suing Pennsylvania Diocese for Racketeering. "A Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania may face a legal battle as federal prosecutor is considering whether to file a racketeering lawsuit against them. State grand jury discovered that two ex-bishops concealed child sexual abuse for over a period of 40 years by more than 50 priests. The Altoona-Johnstown diocese in Pennsylvania is on an ongoing federal probe over Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, known as Rico, US attorney David Hickton said on Friday, according to the Guardian. The prosecution of the child molester convict, Reverend Joseph Maurizio Jr prompted the investigation of the said pattern of criminal activity. The reverend was convicted in 2015 for molesting street children while on his Honduras missionary trips. Hickton said, the statute of limitations has expired on criminal racketeering charges, however, in filing a Rico lawsuit, no time limit is required" ("Federal Prosecutors to File Racketeering Lawsuit against Pennsylvania Diocese Officials in Connection to Child Sexual Abuse Cover Up," Lawyer Herald).

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Mississippi Bill Would Expand Use of Guns in Churches. "Churches could let some members carry guns inside to protect the congregation under a bill heading to Gov. Phil Bryant. House Bill 786 would allow places of worship to designate members to undergo firearms training and carry guns to protect the congregation. The bill would also allow people to carry guns in holsters without a concealed weapons permit. The House voted 85-35 Tuesday to send the bill to Bryant for final approval or a veto" ("Guns in Church Bill Law Heads to Governor," WCBI.com).

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