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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LSU mounds oldest human-made structures in North America, study says

By: - August 22, 2022

A new study shows the LSU Campus Mounds are the oldest known human-made structures in North America. The study, led by Brooks Ellwood, a professor emeritus of geology and geophysics at LSU, used radiocarbon dating to determine that construction of the first mound, mound “B” began around 11,000 years ago. The mound was constructed, layer […]

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Ascension Parish under consideration for ‘blue’ ammonia production facility

By: - August 17, 2022

CF Industries Holdings is evaluating site in Ascension Parish for an ammonia production facility that will use carbon-capture technology. If selected, the complex would bring more than 100 new jobs to the area, with an average salary exceeding $100,000. “This massive proposed investment from CF Industries would create good-paying jobs and strengthen Louisiana’s position as […]

UPDATE: Southern University walks back COVID-19 mask mandate

By: - August 15, 2022

After reinstating a mandate Sunday, the Southern University System is now saying it will not require students, faculty or staff to wear masks indoors at its campuses as a precaution against COVID-19. The return of the mask mandate was announced on Southern’s Twitter account Sunday night, the day before classes began. A statement issued midday […]

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To transgender Louisianians, abortion ban yet another health care barrier

By: - August 10, 2022

Ed Abraham has dreams of getting pregnant and starting a family. But due to the abortion ban, Abraham, a transmasculine person, worries he will be forced to leave the state to achieve his dream.  “I am very wary, being a trans person, of how I’ll be treated in hospital settings, if I’ll get decent care […]

LSU expands programs to stem nursing shortage

By: - August 8, 2022

LSU Health New Orleans is expanding its accelerated nursing programs to North Louisiana to mitigate the nursing shortage the state is experiencing (Getty Images)

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COVID-19 vaccine to be required for most public university students in Louisiana

By: - August 5, 2022

Most Louisiana public universities will require the COVID-19 vaccine this fall, though a liberal vaccine exemption policy offered through state law also will also make it easy for students to circumvent those mandates.  The University of Louisiana system, Southern University system and LSU Shreveport will require the vaccine. LSU’s two health sciences centers, its main […]

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Insurance commissioner offers few answers at home insurance town hall

By: - August 4, 2022

Louisiana’s insurance commissioner offered few answers to New Orleans residents concerned about the home insurance crisis.  Over 100 New Orleanians packed a room at the University of New Orleans Wednesday to get answers from Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon about the state’s insurance crisis. Seven Louisiana insurance companies have gone belly-up, initially leaving 100,000 residents, […]

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Louisiana task force to scrutinize university tenure is made up of people who support tenure

By: - August 3, 2022

People who support higher education faculty tenure will make up most of a new state task force meant to assess whether Louisiana’s public colleges and universities should even use it.  The 19-person task force will be dominated by academics and politicians skeptical of the panel’s stated mission. Just two of the members, Sen. Stewart Cathey, […]

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Politicized language contributes to confusion over Louisiana abortion ban, experts say

By: - July 31, 2022

Court documents doctors have filed show the lack of certainty starts with the inability to agree on a definition for abortion.

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Louisiana abortion ban can be enforced again, appellate court rules

By: - July 29, 2022

An appeals court has ruled that Louisiana’s abortion ban will go back into effect, granting a victory to Attorney General Jeff Landry, who argued that the laws should be in effect while a legal challenge plays out. Abortion providers sued the state following the U.S. Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade last month. They […]

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State board to Louisiana doctors on abortion: Talk to a lawyer

By: - July 28, 2022

The Louisiana State Medical board has advised the state's physicians to consult with a lawyer on what abortion care is legal (Julie O'Donoghue/Louisiana Illuminator)

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Judge denies AG Landry’s request to let abortion ban to go into effect pending appeal

By: - July 26, 2022

A Baton Rouge judge has denied Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s request to have the state’s abortion ban go into effect pending his appeal of last week’s loss in court, meaning that abortion will stay legal in Louisiana – for now.  Judge Don Johnson of the 19th Judicial District Court granted abortion providers a preliminary […]