Some Mormons await guidance on political rifts at conference

FILE - In this April 1, 2017, file photo, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints perform in the Conference Center at the morning session of the two-day Mormon church conference in Salt Lake City. The Mormon church's twice-a-year conference will take place this weekend amid a tumultuous political climate in the U.S. and without the participation of the religion's 90-year-old president who is dealing with ailing health. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church is holding its twice-a-year conference this weekend amid a tumultuous political climate in the U.S. and without the participation of its ailing 90-year-old president.

CEI’s first class seeks degrees

Jaxon Walker, right, and Isabel Olivares work on a math assignment at College of Eastern Idaho, Thursday, September 28, 2017.

The first class at the College of Eastern Idaho is drawn from a diverse background, from recent high school graduates, to those with college credits but no degree, to older residents for whom learning is a way to enrich their lives.

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