This time last year, Minnesota public health officials found themselves in the path of a political tornado – a classic clash between government and religion. Thousands of church leaders and others around the state had been alerted that the state was imposing new health standards on church potlucks and bake sales – what became known …

More than 40 people became ill following a barbecue fundraiser in South Carolina, and the state Department of Health and Environmental Control is now advising that any food purchased at the Sept. 16 and 17 event at York’s Grace Covenant Church should be thrown away.

All of the people who became ill are reporting the …