Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

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UPDATE: A middle school student shot Friday by a classmate remains in critical condition at an Indianapolis hospital, according to police. Officials have not released her name or age. The teacher also shot in the incident, identified as 29-year-old Jason Seaman, is in good condition. Police have kept mum on any details about their injuries. A male student shot both of them in a science classroom on Friday. He didn’t suffer any injuries before police took him into custody.

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Kilauea’s lava flows threaten to cut off rural community

by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/25/18, 12:32 pm

Three rivers of lava spewing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano are now flowing into the ocean, prompting officials to warn residents to prepare for more evacuations. If the lava looks like it might cross a highway in the Big Island’s mostly rural community—cutting residents off from the only route to grocery stores, schools, and hospitals—officials will order them to leave. The U.S.

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Irish voters head to the polls in abortion referendum

by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/25/18, 11:22 am

Irish voters are heading to the polls Friday in a historic referendum to determine whether the country keeps some of Europe’s strongest protections for unborn children. Ireland’s Eighth Amendment, adopted in 1983, makes a mother and her unborn baby equal under the law, effectively restricting abortion except in cases where the mother’s life is at risk. If voters decide to repeal the amendment, lawmakers will consider new laws legalizing abortion.

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