Rachel Lynn Aldrich

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Coastal Louisiana braces for incoming storm

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/12/19, 11:32 am

Wind and rain from Tropical Storm Barry began moving into Louisiana on Friday, as a hurricane warning was in effect along the state’s coastline. Forecasters predict the storm could make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane by early Saturday. President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for Louisiana on Thursday night, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts. The slow-moving storm is expected to bring more than a foot and a half of rain to parts of the state.

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9th Circuit rules abortion funding changes can proceed

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/12/19, 11:06 am

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld its June 20 decision allowing the Trump administration to enforce new rules blocking Title X family planning funds from going to abortion facilities. The 7-4 vote rejected an emergency stay request from Planned Parenthood, 20 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and other pro-abortion groups. The appeals court said it would move quickly to review the case against the new regulations, but Thursday’s ruling allows the funding change take effect in the meantime.

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Potential hurricane brews in Gulf of Mexico

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/11/19, 11:08 am

A weather system that has already caused flooding in parts of New Orleans could strengthen into a weak hurricane this weekend, the National Weather Service warned. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared states of emergency on Wednesday after 8 inches of rain fell in three hours. A hurricane watch was in effect Thursday for most of the Louisiana coast.

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