Ralph Chapoco

Ralph Chapoco

Ralph Chapoco covers state politics as a senior reporter for States Newsroom.

Kenneth Eugene Smith executed by nitrogen gas for 1988 murder-for-hire scheme

By: - January 26, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals from Smith that argued the method violated his Eighth Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

In Selma, President Joe Biden vows to continue work on voting rights

By: - March 6, 2023

The speech came as federal efforts to restore portions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act – a direct product of Bloody Sunday – have stalled.