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.

Jerome Zeringue in the Louisiana House of Representatives

$38.6 billion budget clears Louisiana House, includes teacher pay raises

By: - April 22, 2022

The bill also included more money for infrastructure, though it would not give Gov. John Bel Edwards the full $500 million he has sought to lay the groundwork for a new Mississippi River bridge at Baton Rouge.

Peter Robins-Brown

Proposal advances to stop reporting income of TOPS recipients

By: - April 22, 2022

Students who benefit from the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, a merit-based scholarship that covers tuition costs for in-state students, are required to provide significant demographic information.

Survey: Most Louisiana residents think state heading in wrong direction

By: - April 12, 2022

A survey released Tuesday by the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs, part of LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, showed that two-thirds of Louisiana residents now believe the state is taking a turn for the worse.

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Louisiana proposal seeks to provide death penalty for parents who kill their minor children

By: - March 24, 2022

The bill's author brought up recent cases of Louisiana parents who had killed their children and told the committee that members of her community had asked her to address the issue.

Royce Duplessis, Jerome Zeringue

How will Supreme Court ruling on Alabama affect Louisiana redistricting?

By: and - February 14, 2022

As it became clear that Republican leaders planned to pass redistricting maps that would not expand minority seats, Black lawmakers had two fallbacks — possible vetoes or lawsuits. Now both options seem a bit shakier.

Royce Duplessis

Ronald Greene tragedy adds even more tension to Louisiana redistricting process

By: - February 7, 2022

After a text surfaced suggesting that Gov. John Bel Edwards knew more than he had acknowledged about the death of a black man in State Police custody, what was going to be a tense redistricting session became more contentious.