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Rachel Mipro

Rachel Mipro

Rachel Mipro has previous experience at WBRZ and The Reveille and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Louisiana State University. At LSU, she worked as an opinion editor for The Reveille and as a nonfiction editor for the university’s creative writing journal. In her free time, she enjoys baking, Netflix and hiking.

Pfizer vaccine booster shots become available to many adults in Louisiana

By: - September 24, 2021

The Pfizer booster shot for the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to adults in Louisiana. Those who are eligible to receive the booster must have gotten the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago. They also must meet one of the following criteria: be age 65 and over, be an adult who is at great […]

Deadlines for water-sewer funding applications extended because of Hurricane Ida disruptions

By: - September 24, 2021

In the wake of Hurricane Ida, deadlines for communities to apply for water and sewer funding have been extended to Nov. 1. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said this new time frame would allow government agencies to focus on hurricane relief.  “Obviously, Hurricane Ida has affected government operations as well as disrupted the lives of […]

New Orleans planned for years to send juvenile detainees to an adult prison during hurricanes

By: - September 24, 2021

New Orleans has planned for three years to evacuate underage detainees to an adult prison during hurricanes and other disasters, government evacuation documents show, though children advocates say it’s illegal to house juvenile detainees at facilities for incarcerated adults.   In 2018,  the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center evacuation plan called for teens to be housed at […]

Housing among biggest concerns for Terrebonne communities recovering from Hurricane Ida

By: - September 22, 2021

Out in Chauvin, Melissa and Kimothy Guy wade through muddy water to get to their water-damaged home. It’s been 23 days since Hurricane Ida hit, and they’ve been driving in from Thibodaux every morning to work on fixing their trawl boat, hoping to make it livable–it’s an easier project than their house, which had the […]

New Orleans says it ‘exhausted all efforts’ before evacuating teens to adult prison

By: - September 20, 2021

The evacuation of teenagers from a New Orleans juvenile detention center to an adult prison was done after efforts to find a juvenile evacuation site were “exhausted,” city officials said in a joint statement with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections Monday evening.  The Juvenile Justice Intervention Center, which sent 36 teenagers to […]

Louisiana health care workers struggle with strain of COVID-19, hurricane recovery

By: - September 20, 2021

Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have been treating chainsaw cuts, bug and animal bites as well as respiration issues in a makeshift tent hospital outside Terrebonne General Health System in Houma for days. Terrebonne General, the largest hospital in Louisiana’s Bayou region, suffered damage to its roof during Hurricane Ida and has mostly been […]

New Orleans lawmakers disapprove of detention center evacuation to adult prison

By: - September 17, 2021

Two New Orleans state lawmakers called for changes Thursday to the city’s juvenile detention center evacuation policy after 36 teenagers were sent to an adult prison for five days around Hurricane Ida.    Rep. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, said she thought the public needs an explanation about why the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center went to Elayn […]

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New Orleans teens in detention center were evacuated to adult prison for Hurricane Ida

By: and - September 15, 2021

Thirty-six teenagers housed in the New Orleans juvenile detention center were evacuated to a state adult prison in Iberville Parish ahead of Hurricane Ida, a move that children advocates described as inappropriate and possibly illegal. The New Orleans Juvenile Justice Intervention Center’s director, Kyshun Webster, said Monday that his facility has a longstanding agreement with […]

Louisiana deals with Tropical Storm Nicholas, while still recovering from Hurricane Ida

By: - September 13, 2021

Ahead of Tropical Storm Nicholas, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced precautions are in place, including stationing the National Guard with 80 high water vehicles and 23 boats. The storm is expected to hit the Texas coast directly, but could dump life-threatening rain across southwestern Louisiana.  Currently, flash flooding seems to be the biggest danger the […]

Louisiana state police address the public after new allegations of police brutality

By: - September 10, 2021

Creating a more diverse workforce, increasing consequences for abuse of power and new implicit bias training are the main steps State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis is focusing on, he said at a Friday press conference, as the agency tries to regain the public’s trust after months of media reports alleging the State Police routinely […]

President Biden tours Hurricane Ida aftermath

Louisiana public defenders don’t know where youths evacuated from detention centers were taken

By: - September 9, 2021

Public defenders are still scrambling to locate children who were being held at Louisiana detention centers when Hurricane Ida hit last month. Many of these youths were evacuated with no information given to their local defenders, who are now uncertain as to where they are being held.   Unlike juvenile incarceration facilities, which are run by […]

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In 1960 Louisiana, Black victim — not white shooter — convicted of a crime

By: and - September 8, 2021

This story was produced by Manship News Service at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. It is the third story in a four-part series from the LSU Cold Case Project. You can read the first story in this series here and the second story in this series here.  More than six decades ago a […]