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.

ACLU of Louisiana sues 2 police agencies over fatal shooting of LaPlace man

By: - November 29, 2022

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana is suing Louisiana State Police and East Jefferson Levee District Police Department for fatally shooting a man 24 times. Jabari Asante-Chioke, 52, of LaPlace was killed a year ago in Metairie. According to news reports, a passerby saw him in distress, walking along a highway, carrying what was […]

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Louisiana Higher Ed: LSU students call out campus security problems

By: - November 18, 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] LSU students petition for campus safety Four LSU student groups are calling on university leaders to make changes to ensure the safety of students. […]

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Report: Students at schools that close unlikely to continue education elsewhere

By: - November 16, 2022

Less than half of students whose colleges closed between 2004 and 2020 went on to enroll at  another school, according to an analysis of school closures.  Between 2004 and 2020, approximately 12,000 campuses closed, impacting nearly 150,000 students. Of those schools, 78% were for-profit colleges.  Louisiana has not been immune to the wave of for-profit […]

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Louisiana Higher Ed: UNO students reject football fee, Southern to memorialize 1972 tragedy

By: - November 11, 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] University of New Orleans students overwhelmingly rejected a fee increase of $300 per semester to support new athletic programs at the university, including a […]

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Louisiana voters reject ban on slavery, involuntary servitude; author also opposed it  

By: - November 8, 2022

With all ballots counted from Tuesday, six out of every 10 Louisiana voters opposed an amendment to the state constitution that would prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude but allow forced labor as part of a criminal sentence. It possibly set the tone for the rejection of five out of the eight proposed amendments on the […]

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Louisiana voters take to social media to complain about slavery amendment

By: - November 8, 2022

Across social media platforms, Louisiana voters are seeking clarity about a confusing constitutional amendment on involuntary servitude. In it’s original form, the amendment, dubbed “Remove Involuntary Servitude as Punishment for a Crime from Constitution Measure” would have prohibited slavery and involuntary servitude in Louisiana. But after going through the legislative process, the language was watered […]

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Kenner voters rerouted to new polling place after bomb threat

By: - November 8, 2022

After bomb threat at a Jefferson Parish polling place Tuesday morning, voters are being rerouted to a new precinct, parish official say. According to the Kenner Police Department, Kenner Discovery School, one of the area’s polling locations, received a bomb threat Tuesday morning. No children were at the school due to Election Day. ‼️ Kenner […]

Louisiana Higher Ed: New teacher help, zoo education in Alexandria 

By: - November 4, 2022

New Teacher Experience Louisiana Tech’s College of Education will lead the Louisiana Department of Education’s New Teacher Experience program.  The program will focus on connecting new teachers with mentors and a support system in the early days of their teaching careers.  “The New Teacher Experience is a comprehensive induction program that will offer multiple services […]

Louisiana Higher Ed: McNeese offers LNG courses; Tulane targets ex-pros, military 

By: - October 28, 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] The emergence of multiple liquified natural gas projects in the region has led McNeese State University to offer an undergraduate certification program, which the […]

U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson introduces ‘don’t say gay’ bill

By: - October 25, 2022

U.S. Rep Mike Johnson of Louisiana has introduced a bill that critics are calling a federal “don’t say gay” bill that prohibits federal funding for any “sexually-oriented” event or material for children under the age of 10.  The bill, dubbed the “Stop the Sexualization of Children Act of 2022” was co-sponsored by 32 other Republicans, […]

Southern University board overturns 50-year campus ban on student protestors 

By: - October 21, 2022

Fifty years after two students were killed during a protest over campus conditions, the Southern University Board of Supervisors has overturned a ban of students who were forbidden to return to campus for their participation in the demonstrations.  The board vote was unanimous after a lengthy public comment period during which several alumni who attended […]

Rep. Troy Carter wants to require dairy alternatives in school lunches

By: - October 20, 2022

U.S. Rep Troy Carter is calling for the federal government  to bring equity to the lunchroom by providing milk alternatives for lactose intolerant K-12 students, many of whom are people of color.  Carter and 31 other members of Congress signed a letter calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture  to provide soy milk to students. […]