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Published on -10/10/2013, 2:17 PM

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Guest speakers slated at Liberty Foursquare

Ric and Sheila Shields of Doorways Ministry will visit Liberty Foursquare Church in Hays on Saturday and Sunday. The couple has led hundreds of mission trips throughout the world.

The schedule includes a men's breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, when Ric Shields will be speaking.

Sheila Shields will host a Simply Sisters tea at 3 p.m. Saturday for women, and childcare will be provided.

Ric will share again at the church's 10 a.m. Sunday morning service. The public is welcome to attend any of the events at the church, 120 W. Ninth.

For more information, call (785) 625-6245.

Bazaar in Great Bend offers homemade items

GREAT BEND -- The Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend host their annual mission bazaar from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at 3600 Broadway in Great Bend.

With beverage and coffee cake in the morning, soup and pie for lunch, hundreds of handcrafted and homemade items, a drawing for 16 prizes, unique gift theme baskets, and a silent auction, there is something for everyone.

Spend the day and enjoy the aroma and magic of this festive autumn, pre-holiday event.

For more information, call (620) 792-1232.

Judge reconsidering order in civil case

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) -- Members of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries have asked a federal judge to reconsider his order several church properties be sold to satisfy multi-million dollar judgments against the evangelist, now serving a 175-year prison sentence.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant previously ruled six properties in Fort Smith could be sold to help satisfy a $30 million civil judgment Alamo was ordered to pay to two men who were raised in the controversial group. A jury found those two men were beaten, starved and denied education and found Alamo liable for conspiracy, outrage and battery.

Approximately 100 ministry members attended a bench trial Wednesday on the issue, the Texarkana Gazette reported. The ministry members argue the properties are owned collectively by church members and not Alamo.

Earlier this year, Bryant ruled the properties were bought and controlled by Alamo, even though they were placed in the names of ministry members. The judge said he'll rule soon on the request to reconsider the order.

2 rabbis among 4 charged in FBI divorce sting

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Two rabbis and two other men are accused in an FBI sting carried out in New Jersey and New York of plotting to kidnap and torture a man to force him to grant a religious divorce.

Rabbis Mendel Epstein and Martin Wolmark charged Jewish women and their families thousands of dollars to obtain religious divorces, known as "gets," from recalcitrant husbands, the FBI said in a complaint released Thursday.

Two undercover agents contacted Wolmark and Epstein in August about seeking a divorce. According to the complaint, Epstein spoke about forcing compliance through "tough guys" who use electric cattle prods and even place plastic bags over the heads of husbands.

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