Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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Kenosha shooting suspect claims self-defense

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/28/20, 05:14 pm

The 17-year-old charged with fatally shooting two people and wounding another at a protest in Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday has until Sept. 25 to prepare for his extradition hearing. Police arrested Kyle Rittenhouse on Wednesday in his hometown of Antioch, Ill., about 15 miles from Kenosha. A judge granted Rittenhouse’s request for more time to hire a private attorney before the hearing. In Wisconsin, the court can try him as an adult.

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Laura continues to bring heavy rain, tornadoes

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/28/20, 06:00 am

While the storm weakened to a tropical depression late Thursday, forecasters expect heavy rains and tornadoes as Laura passes through the Tennessee Valley region Friday. The storm, which was one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the United States, caused the death of six people and left widespread destruction, yet officials believe they dodged a bullet. “It is clear that we did not sustain and suffer the absolute, catastrophic damage that we thought was likely,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday. “But we have sustained a tremendous amount of damage.”

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Hurricane Laura moves inland

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/27/20, 10:58 am

A 14-year-old girl in Louisiana is the first reported victim of the powerful storm when a tree fell on her house, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards. By mid-morning Thursday, Hurricane Laura had weakened to a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph as it moved north into Arkansas. Edwards and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said search and rescue teams were working, but they so far had heard no reports of widespread fatalities.

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