Leigh Jones

Leigh is acting managing editor for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate who spent six years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD. Leigh also co-wrote Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes. She resides with her husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.

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Primaries set ballots in key House, Senate battles

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/13/18, 09:06 am

Five states held primaries on Tuesday, setting the ballot in several races that could play a significant role in determining which party gains control of the U.S. House in November. In one of the most surprising results, incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., lost his seat in a bitter primary battle centered on support for President Donald Trump, or lack thereof. Trump tweeted his disdain for Sanford, one of the president’s vocal critics, just hours before the polls closed Tuesday. During the campaign, state Rep.

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Hawaiians assess damage as Kilauea calms

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/12/18, 11:55 am

Emergency management officials in Hawaii began allowing some residents to return to their homes on the Big Island as the Kilauea volcano settled into a more predictable pattern. The volcano began spewing lava from vents in the ground at the beginning of May.

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Colorado wildfire forces national forest closure

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/12/18, 09:20 am

Federal officials in Colorado closed the San Juan National Forest for the first time in its 113-year history on Tuesday as a wildfire raging nearby consumed 22,131 acres. This is the first time a national forest has closed in the state since 2002, but parks in Arizona and New Mexico have already closed this year. Drought conditions in the region helped fuel the 416 fire in the southwestern part of the state. Officials aren’t sure how it started.

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