Laura Finch

Laura is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute's mid-career course.

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A complex case

Television | Netflix series addresses the trial and life of Michael Peterson
by Laura Finch
Posted 7/05/18, 12:09 pm

A woman with seven deep lacerations to her head dies in a pool of blood in her home, with only her husband nearby. As murder cases go, it seems pretty cut and dried, right?

Hold on—there’s no clear motive for a murder, no signs of struggle, and no blood spatters or brain injuries consistent with a beating. The victim, who had a blood alcohol level of .07 and had just taken Valium, was found wearing flip-flops at the bottom of a dark, narrow staircase in the middle of the night.

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Associated Press/Photo by John Bazemore

Will Kennedy’s retirement swing the midterms?

Politics | President Trump’s replacement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy could be an electoral opportunity for Republicans—or Democrats
by Laura Finch
Posted 6/28/18, 04:39 pm

Conservatives could barely catch their breath after news of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement broke on Wednesday. Kennedy announced he would step down on July 31 after serving 30 years on the nation’s highest court. The retirement of Kennedy, who was often the ideological swing vote in major Supreme Court rulings, makes way for President Donald Trump to appoint a more reliably conservative justice in his place.

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Associated Press/Photo by J. Scott Applewhite

House pulls together to address opioid crisis

Politics | Despite deep divisions on just about every other issue, lawmakers appear ready to work together to fight drug addiction
by Laura Finch
Posted 6/21/18, 01:56 pm

While controversy at the U.S. southern border continued to fracture Congress this week, the House of Representatives quietly achieved a rare moment of consensus on another national crisis: the opioid epidemic.

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