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Piper Hutchinson

Piper Hutchinson

Piper Hutchinson is a reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator. She has covered the Legislature and state government extensively for the LSU Manship News Service and The Reveille, where she was named editor in chief for summer 2022.

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ACLU: ‘Day of Hope’ event for East Baton Rouge students violated civil rights laws

By: - October 3, 2022

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sent a letter Monday to officials with East Baton Rouge Public Schools, warning them that a controversial off-campus event for high school seniors last month likely violated multiple federal laws.  The Sept. 20 event, dubbed a “Day of Hope,” was billed as a college and career fair with […]

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Louisiana Higher Ed: Crime up at LSU, tenure task force update

By: - September 30, 2022

The Louisiana Illuminator takes a weekly look at news from universities and colleges around the state. Have a tip or want to submit a Louisiana Higher Ed news item? Contact [email protected] Crime on the rise at LSU New data released in LSU’s 2022 annual security and fire safety report indicated that reports of crime on […]

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Gov. John Bel Edwards to travel to London to meet with insurance leaders, attend Saints game

By: - September 27, 2022

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to London Wednesday to meet with business and insurance leaders. On Thursday, Edwards plans to meet with representatives of Lloyd’s of London, the largest reinsurance marketplace, to discuss Louisiana’s insurance crisis. Since a flurry of major hurricanes dating back to 2020, Louisiana has lost nine home insurers. Lloyd’s […]

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LSU receives prestigious cybersecurity designation

By: - September 26, 2022

LSU became one of 22 universities to be designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency. The agency gives the designations to institutions in recognition for advancing operational technologies critical to intelligence and educating high-performing students. Other recognized institutions include Carnegie Mellon, the U.S. Air Force Academy and […]

Louisiana Higher Ed: Eco-sensors, cybersecurity and an apology

By: - September 23, 2022

The Louisiana Illuminator takes a weekly look at news from universities and colleges around the state. Have a tip or want to submit a Louisiana Higher Ed news item? Contact [email protected]  FUTURE is here  Louisiana Tech, LSU Shreveport and four partner universities have received a $6 million award from the National Science Foundation to create […]

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White House counts 608,000 in Louisiana eligible for student debt relief

By: - September 20, 2022

According to the White House, 608,000 Louisiana residents – or a 13% of the state’s population – will be eligible for student debt relief. Of that number, about 608,000 are eligible for $10,000 in federal student loan forgiveness, including  435,000 eligible for $20,000 in loan forgiveness. The increased forgiveness is for students who received the […]

Louisiana Higher Ed: Grants target state teacher, nursing shortages

By: - September 16, 2022

The Louisiana Illuminator takes a weekly look at news from universities and colleges around the state. Have a tip or want to submit a Louisiana Higher Ed news item? Contact [email protected]  SLU gets grant to address teacher shortage  Southeastern Louisiana University received a grant worth more than $900,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for […]

Football expected to drive Louisiana sports betting revenue toward goal line

By: - September 15, 2022

Football season is expected to increase state revenue from sports betting (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

‘It’s a pity’: LSU community reacts to end of STAR partnership for sexual harassment training

By: - September 13, 2022

The loss of the expertise from the local nonprofit Sexual Trauma and Response (STAR) has once again ignited feelings of hurt and mistrust on LSU’s campus.  STAR, a Baton Rouge-based group dedicated to building a sexual assault-free community, offered a variety of training to LSU employees in the wake of a national scandal that an […]

In annual US News rankings, Xavier among best HBCUs and regional schools

By: - September 13, 2022

Several Louisiana universities ranked among the top in various categories according to the 2022-2023 US News and World Report rankings released Monday. The annual ratings evaluated data from more than 1,500 schools and evaluated them according to 17 data points, including graduation rates, social mobility, faculty compensation and peer assessment surveys.   In addition to making […]

Louisiana Higher Ed: NSU president now official, new cancer data and nurse needs 

By: - September 9, 2022

The Louisiana Illuminator takes a weekly look at news from universities and colleges around the state. Have a tip or want to submit a Louisiana Higher Ed news item? Contact [email protected]  He’s official  Marcus Jones was officially inaugurated Friday as Northwestern State University’s 20th president. Jones, whose appointment to the position was announced in November, […]

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Southern, LSU sign 5-year ‘A&M Agenda’ partnership

By: - September 6, 2022

Leaders from Southern University and LSU have signed the A&M Agenda, a commitment to work together over the next five years to leverage the two school’s resources for the betterment of the city, the state and the region. LSU President William Tate IV and Southern President Dennis Shields were joined Tuesday by local and state […]