Scripps National Spelling Bee winner Zaila Avant-garde

2021 Scripps Bee Champion Zaila Avant-garde to publish 2 books

Scripps Spelling Bee winner Zaila Avant-garde is adding a new title to her impressive list of accomplishments: children’s book author.

 | Marie Rossiter

The State Department seal

Welcome Corps program lets private citizens sponsor refugees in US

The Welcome Corps aims to line up 10,000 Americans who can help 5,000 refugees during the first year of the program.

 | AP

A person types on a laptop keyboard

Why aren't keyboards in alphabetical order?

Here's how our society evolved into using the "qwerty" keyboard, straying from alphabetical organization used in the first typewriter in the 1860s.

 | Lauren Magarino

Actor Alec Baldwin.

Alec Baldwin to be charged with manslaughter in 'Rust' shooting

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on the movie set near Santa Fe, New Mexico, in October 2021.

 | Scripps News Staff and Clayton Sandell

Posters, flowers and portraits fill the lawn in front of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas

Uvalde, Texas shares concept for new elementary school after shooting

Parents and community members were walked through the latest design of the rebuild after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School last year.

 | Adi Guajardo

Murder suspect Brian Walshe stands during his arraignment in court.

Suspect Brian Walshe searched 'how to stop a body from decomposing'

Prosecutors linked a Massachusetts man accused of killing his wife with DNA blood evidence and disturbing internet search history.

 | Matt Johnson

Bryan Kohberger, accused of killing four University of Idaho students.

Police seize bedding, other items from Idaho stabbing suspect's home

Bryan Kohberger has not yet had an opportunity to enter a plea and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in June.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Electrical grid towers are seen during a heat wave.

Why officials haven't provided solutions to securing US power grid

Key pieces of U.S. infrastructure have been subject to attacks recently, but protecting against these isn't a simple feat for any certain agency.

 | Jamal Andress

Electrical grid towers are shown.

Is there a link between the power grid attacks and extremism?

Recent attacks on the power grid seem to have a common thread of perpetrators sharing extremist ideologies hoping to create chaos and panic.

 | Scripps News Staff

Anti-abortion activists march outside of the U.S. Supreme Court during the March for Life in Washington

NYC first city to provide free abortion pills

A clinic in the Bronx is the first of four clinics run by the city that is offering abortion pills — free of charge.

 | Axel Turcios

Person working on a laptop.

What is ‘quiet hiring’ — and how can you benefit from it?

Quiet hiring is when employers acquire new skills without taking on more employees — typically by stretching existing employees' workloads.

 | Emily O'Brien

Demonstrators hold signs protesting Asian hate crimes

Federal agencies address Asian hate crimes

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders is the first national plan of its kind.

 | Mary Chao

Headstones at a cemetery

Efforts underway across the US to uncover, preserve Black cemeteries

The Black Cemetery Network is a growing database of documented projects to uncover and restore Black cemeteries across the country.

 | Liz Gold

Old Main on the Penn State University campus.

Unused 529 college savings can be rolled into a Roth IRA next year

In the past, the only real option for 529 funds that weren't used for a secondary education program was to roll the money over to another beneficiary.

 | Tricia Goss

A sign warns travelers not to bring guns through a TSA checkpoint.

Record number of guns seized by TSA: Here's which airports fared worst

The agency reported that it confiscated 6,542 firearms in 2022. That's an increase of 570 firearms over 2021.

 | Scripps News Staff

Bryan Kohberger, left, who is accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November 2022

Idaho stabbing suspect made troubling social media posts

The newly uncovered social media posts, which Scripps News has not independently verified, shed light on Bryan Kohberger's desensitized past.

 | Adi Guajardo

A bighorn sheep roams a contentious plot of land in Vail, Colo.

Well-known ski town is in a fight over sheep and affordable housing

In one wealthy ski resort town, sheep and humans are butting heads. It’s a battle between protecting important bighorn habitat and affordable housing.

 | Clayton Sandell

Footage of a man in a drive-thru

Man who tried to abduct barista in drive-thru is arrested

Police shared video of a man grabbing a worker's arm and trying to bind it with a zip-tie.

 | Scripps News Staff

Police car with flashing lights.

Police: 8 people shot at Florida MLK Day event

The shooting occurred at a park in Fort Pierce during an MLK Day celebration with more than 1,000 people in attendance, the sheriff's office said.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Solomon Pena, a Republican candidate for New Mexico House District 14, is taken into police custody.

Ex-GOP candidate arrested in shootings at lawmakers' homes

The Albuquerque police chief described Solomon Pena as the "mastermind" of a politically motivated conspiracy leading to the shootings in New Mexico.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A nurse checks on Carol Turner as she receives an IV during a clinic trial

New Alzheimer's drug study seeking more diverse volunteers

Research efforts try to understand why older Black Americans are twice as likely as older White Americans to have Alzheimer's or other dementia.

 | Lindsey Theis

A poster notes resources for victims of human trafficking.

Texas group spreads love, awareness amid Trafficking Prevention Month

The founder of Waco-based group Jesus Said Love said they've discovered the reality of human trafficking in Texas through spreading awareness.

 | Scripps News Staff

A boy rides his motorcycle around his flooded home.

California storms will soon let up, but damage will exist long after

Thousands are without power and roads have been washed away after multiple storms hit the West.

 | James Packard

Martin Luther King III, center, the son of Martin Luther King Jr., accompanied by his wife Arndrea Waters King

MLK Jr.'s family reflects on his legacy, goals for our nation

In Washington Monday, members of the King Family recalled their father's goals to eradicate the "three evils": poverty, racism, and violence.

 | Amber Strong

The Colorado Department of Transportation.

State governments rethink workforce housing during staffing shortage

What is the solution being explored? It's for departments of transportation to get into the house-building business.

 | Vanessa Misciagna

Kobe Bryant's jersey from his final NBA opening day of the 2015-2016 season, is displayed as part of Sotheby.

Kobe Bryant jersey expected to sell for $7 million

Bryant scored 645 points in this jersey, auction house Sotheby’s said.

 | Justin Boggs

A handwritten copy of "Letter from Birmingham Jail" is displayed at the preview of "The Martin Luther King Collection."

'Letter from Birmingham Jail': The injustice of silence

Today, that letter written from the inside of a cell, has been reproduced dozens of times and read annually by members of the U.S. Senate.

 | Amber Strong

Alabama forward Darius Miles

Alabama basketball player, 2nd man charged with murder

A shooting occurred early Sunday morning near the University of Alabama campus, where Jamea Harris, 23, was shot and killed.

 | AP

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley

Expanded US training for Ukraine forces begins in Germany

The combined arms training is aimed at honing Ukrainian forces' skills so they will be better prepared in fighting back against Russia.

 | AP

President Joe Biden, center, holds hands with Sen. Raphael Warnock, second from left, and former Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Biden: 'We should pay attention' to MLK's legacy

Biden said his message on Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday is to “choose democracy over autocracy, a beloved community over chaos."

 | Stephanie Sandoval