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.

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 […]

Louisiana insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, a white man with white hair in a black suit, speaks at podium labeled "NAIC National Association of Insurance Commissioners"

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, […]

Abortion rights protestors outside Supreme Court

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.

Volunteer escorts gather outside Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge

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 […]

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)

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

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 […]

Louisiana’s higher ed tenure task force slow to materialize

By: - July 26, 2022

With less than a week before it is required to meet for the first time, just half of the required slots on a legislative panel reviewing tenure for college professors have been filled.  The Task Force for Tenure in Higher Education will study tenure policies at Louisiana’s colleges and universities and recommend any changes it […]

Livingston library board member’s ‘inappropriate’ book list draws vocal opposition

By: - July 20, 2022

LIVINGSTON – The public notice read “book content,” nothing more. Spurred by word of mouth and social media, dozens of people piled into a small room in a Livingston Parish library Tuesday night to fight back against a public official concerned about LGBTQ content for young readers.  Erin Sandefur, a member of the Livingston Parish […]

Volunteer escorts gather outside Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge

Restraining order blocking Louisiana abortion ban to stay in place, judge decides

By: - July 19, 2022

A state district judge in Baton Rouge will keep a temporary restraining order in effect while the court considers whether Louisiana’s abortion ban is legal. Judge Donald Johnson issued his ruling Tuesday that prevents Attorney General Jeff Landry and the state health department from enforcing the state’s abortion prohibition. The judge extended the temporary restraining […]

Shreveport abortion clinic

Ruling on Louisiana abortion ban expected as early as Tuesday

By: - July 18, 2022

State District Judge Don Johnson declined Monday to rule in the lawsuit challenging Louisiana's abortion ban