Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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Tornadoes and flooding batter Great Plains

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/22/19, 11:32 am

A severe weather system unleashed more than 30 tornadoes in the southern Great Plains on its way to the Great Lakes region over the past two days. Missouri and parts of Illinois and Arkansas bore the brunt of the severe weather on Tuesday. Brandon Beasley, 23, and his wife, Christin, 24, of Missouri died on Tuesday when their SUV skidded across a highway into a tractor trailer in heavy rain. Storms on Monday flipped campers at Lucas Oil Speedway in Hickory, Mo., injuring seven people. Four were taken to the hospital.

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Social speech

Free Speech | The Trump administration wades into the bog of internet platform bias
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/21/19, 04:25 pm

The White House has launched an online form soliciting stories from people who believe social media platforms have censored them for political reasons. The questionnaire, which asks for each responder’s name, contact information, citizenship status, and information about the alleged censorship, does not specify what the administration plans to do with the information but signals the government’s increasing interest in social media moderation practices.

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Storm brings tornadoes, floods to Plains

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/21/19, 10:00 am

An intense storm system spawned numerous tornadoes and brought a deluge of rain to the southern Plains on Monday, with more confirmed twisters on Tuesday. More than a dozen tornado sightings were reported in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and Missouri early Monday evening, causing scattered damage but no reported injuries. A tornado hit Tuesday morning near Tulsa International Airport, damaging at least one nearby home. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation shut down Interstate 40 in El Reno, west of Oklahoma City, due to high water Tuesday.

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