Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is a World Journalism Institute graduate. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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More floods expected after water inundates Midwest

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/22/19, 11:55 am

U.S. weather officials on Thursday predicted unprecedented flooding this spring throughout the country as the Midwest responds to already record water levels. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency on Thursday. “The rising floodwaters are affecting more Missouri communities and farms, closing more roads and threatening levees, water treatment plants, and other critical infrastructure,” Parson said in a statement. The Missouri River swelled from this month’s heavy rains and snowmelt and is expected to crest Friday in St.

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Dutch shooting suspect faces terrorism charges

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/21/19, 10:30 am

Dutch prosecutors said Thursday they will charge Gokmen Tanis, the main suspect in a shooting on a tram in Utrecht, Netherlands, with offenses that include murder or manslaughter with a terrorist intent. Investigations so far indicate the alleged gunman acted alone in Monday’s attack that killed three and left three others seriously injured. Investigators are looking into whether the shooter’s actions “flowed from personal problems combined with radicalized ideology,” the prosecutors’ office said in a statement.

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Religious Liberty | The U.S. Department of Education drops its ban on religious contractors
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/19/19, 04:29 pm

The U.S. Department of Education announced last week it will stop enforcing a ban on working with religious contractors to provide services to at-risk private school students. In an official notice to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Education Secretary Betsy DeVos explained that under the Supreme Court’s 2017 ruling in Trinity Lutheran vs. Comer, the ban was a form of religious discrimination.

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