Alyssa Jackson

Alyssa is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a former WORLD intern.

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Life off the field

Sports | UT’s Kevin Washington tries to be salt and light to Longhorn players
by Alyssa Jackson
Posted 4/11/19, 03:58 pm

Kevin Washington, 31, gets just a few feet into the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) when he spots someone he wants to talk to. “Yodes!” he calls out, giving senior football player Tim Yoder a handshake and slap-on-the-back hug. Yoder, at 5 foot 9, just reaches Washington’s shoulder. They exchange a few words and continue on.

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House passes gun control bill

by Alyssa Jackson
Posted 2/28/19, 12:40 pm

The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the first of two sweeping gun control bills that would require federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers. The bill passed 240-190 after eight Republicans voted for it and two Democrats, Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Collin Peterson of Minnesota, voted against it. The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 is the first major gun control legislation Congress has considered in nearly 25 years.

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Associated Press/Photo by Martin Mejia

U.S. piles more sanctions on Venezuela

by Alyssa Jackson
Posted 2/26/19, 12:28 pm

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Bogotá, Colombia, on Monday announced more sanctions against Venezuelan officials and more aid for the country’s people. The sanctions target four individuals: one close associate of embattled President Nicolás Maduro and three governors who support the Maduro regime. “These people worked to block aid for people in need and suppress peaceful protests while their tyrant danced in Caracas,” Pence told the Lima Group, comprised of concerned allies in the Western Hemisphere, at a meeting in Colombia’s capital.

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