To answer someone's question:
The Associated Press is a huge wire service. It's focus is generally National news & features. Its international counterpart is UPI.
A paper subscribes to the wire service which continuously spits out story after story all day long. Few national or large metro newspapers run AP stories, preferring their own staff, unless it is a scoop/exclusive story, or for certain sections and small pieces.
Small-town newspapers rely heavily on the AP. IN the hometown that I grew up, the Artesia Daily Press ran AP stories on the front page/news section and in the other sections. Practically only the local news and sports were covered by beat writers.
It is up to the individual paper to select which AP stories it will run. there are probably fewer religious articles in comparison to regular news articles so the chances that this piece would run in a local paper in the religion section are pretty good.
By the way, just because it is on the website of a paper, it doesn't mean that it will be in the actual publication (newspaper or magazine, for example I would wait to see whether the article will actually be in Forbes magazine - I doubt it.) Needless to say many more pieces appear on the website than in the printed publication.
Just some notes regarding the article itself - you will carefully observe that the underlying legal issue is not really in discussion and in fact the article cites Ms. Louderback (unquoted) as admitting that her legal theory is "untested" and yet to be proven in court.
In my opinion the article doesn't actually convey any real news. We all know that the Service Meeting discussion as regularly scheduled about this time every year is just going to be the usual shpiel (sp?) about the Durable Power of Attorney/Advanced Health Care forms, the usual nonsense about the Hospital Liaison Committees, and a reiteration of the Society's most recent position. The video too doesn't contain anything new or groundbreaking as we know so any discussion about it is not special. The meeting next week is the same thing that happens every year. So where is the news?
The AP writer is evidently unfamiliar with what is normal and maybe thinks that the "discussion" is something reactive to the Louderback article but he would be wrong. We all know that the JCS broke in December and the January KMs are planned many months before (at least three months judging by the stats published in each which trail 3 months behind). These were received by the congregations in December, so it is a factual impossibility that the two are actually connected. yet the AP writer somewhat dramatically tries to connect the two.
The only "news" actually contained in the article is that it shows that Bethel is aware of the Louderback article and now on record with a quote regarding it. I think that is interesting.
PS: Sevenof6 - Your comments are completely speculative and despite the continued proclamations of doom and gloom and supposed fear over litigation, the facts do not support your Casandra-like ramblings.* If the Society is silent (and this AP article contains a supposed quote from a Bethel rep) regarding the JCS article, it isn't due to fear of litigation, it is because the piece is inconsequential. Randy's work, Lee Elder's work, Bill Bowen's work, even Kent's work have all raised many more areas of questioning and legitimate legal concerns than the JCS article ever will.
*the difference noted of course that Casandra was correct and you are not. :-)