Rachel Lynn Aldrich

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

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Midterms: Higher-than-usual turnout expected

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/06/18, 12:27 pm

More than 30 million Americans have already voted in the midterm elections, which are expected to see unusually high voter turnout across the country. Midterms usually garner lower turnout than presidential election years, but this year might prove to be an exception, as voters use their ballots to voice approval or disapproval of President Donald Trump and his policies.

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Supreme Court takes public cross display case

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/05/18, 11:24 am

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday it would hear the case of a threatened World War I memorial in Bladensburg, Md., that could affect monuments across the country that incorporate religious symbols. The American Humanist Association sued Bladensburg, Md., for a cross memorial erected by an American Legion post in 1925 honoring local men who died in World War I. A U.S. district judge in Maryland ruled the memorial could stay in 2015, but a three-judge panel from the 4th U.S.

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Tennessee death row inmate chooses electric chair

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/02/18, 11:45 am

Tennessee used the electric chair for the first time since 2007, executing double-murderer Edmund Zagorski Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his request for a stay. Zagorski, 63, was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, becoming only the second person in the state to be executed by electrocution since 1960. He was convicted for killing two men during a drug deal decades ago and had been on death row for 34 years.

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