Seth Johnson

Seth is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute student course.

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John Lewis lies in state at the Capitol

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/27/20, 06:51 pm

A horse-drawn carriage carried the former congressman’s body across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday in Selma, Ala., where he survived a beating by police as he led a historic civil rights march more than five decades ago. Then on Monday, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., became the first black lawmaker to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. A delegation including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., traveled with Lewis’ body from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to Capitol Hill on Monday for his official state memorial service.

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Powerball winner splits the pot

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/24/20, 03:48 pm

In 1992, Wisconsin friends Tom Cook and Joseph Freeney agreed to share the winnings if either ever won the lottery. Last month, Cook honored that promise, calling Freeney to tell him they will split the $22 million Powerball jackpot. “He called me, and I said, ‘Are you jerking my bobber?’” Freeney said.

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More coronavirus aid in the works

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/23/20, 01:19 pm

Senate Republicans discussed portions of their plan for a $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package on Thursday. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the agreement a starting point for negotiations but did not introduce any legislation. President Donald Trump is prepared to drop his demand for a payroll tax cut in the proposal. “The president is very focused on getting money quickly to workers right now, and the payroll tax takes time,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

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