Rachel Lynn Aldrich

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

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9th Circuit partially strikes down HHS mandate protections

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/14/18, 11:46 am

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday partially blocked the enforcement of temporary rules that brought relief to businesses and organizations with religious objections to providing abortifacients and contraceptives to their employees. In 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services issued temporary rules to exempt any employer with a religious or moral objection from the Obamacare mandate requiring employee healthcare plans to include coverage of birth control.

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Bomb threat email most likely a hoax

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/14/18, 11:46 am

A string of emailed bomb threats sent Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses, and government buildings across the United States triggered evacuations and searches, but authorities said they were most likely part of a hoax to extort money. No explosives were found. The emails, sent from a spoofed address, claimed the sender had an associate plant a bomb in the recipient’s building and demanded an online payment of $20,000 in Bitcoin.

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School sacks Christian teacher over pronoun use

Religious Liberty | Board refuses to accommodate high school instructor’s Biblical views on sex
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/11/18, 04:23 pm

A Virginia teacher was fired Thursday after he refused to use male pronouns for a female student who identifies as a boy.

The West Point School Board in West Point, Va., voted unanimously to dismiss French teacher Peter Vlaming, 47, after a four-hour hearing. The school said in a statement that Vlaming’s refusal constituted “a willful violation of school board policy.”

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