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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.

Tax reform would reduce tax rates and enact tax cut triggers

Legislative audit finds students at Northwest mistakenly overcharged for tuition

By: - November 24, 2021

Hundreds of students at Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College were overcharged by more than $23,000 for tuition, according to a Louisiana legislative audit released Monday.  The audit found that 188 students were undercharged by $3,760 for tuition and student fees, while 754 students were overcharged by $23,525 over the fall, spring and summer semesters in […]

Demand for funding to fix decrepit Louisiana water systems exceeds available cash

By: - November 23, 2021

With more than 500 applications submitted by Louisiana communities hoping to upgrade their failing water and sewer systems, lawmakers say there’s not enough money in the water sector program budget to fix everything.  The program was created by the Louisiana Legislature earlier this year to allocate $300 million in federal pandemic aid. Under the guidelines, […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

New housing programs created for struggling Lake Charles residents

By: - November 22, 2021

With promised federal assistance slow to come,  $11.3 million in funding has been cobbled together from different state and federal sources to help Lake Charles residents whose homes were damaged from hurricanes and floods.  The funding was announced Monday in a joint press conference with Gov. John Bel Edwards and Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter. […]

Grambling State University has had at least one shooting per year over the last five years

By: - November 22, 2021

Grambling, La. — In October, Grambling State University got attention for many of the wrong reasons. The North Louisiana campus was the site of two shootings that happened days apart from each other during the week of homecoming, traditionally one of the highlights of the school’s year.  While two incidents of gun violence in one […]

Louisiana restarts process to purchase voting machines

By: - November 17, 2021

Louisiana started up a new process again for purchasing voting machines Wednesday, when it convened a new commission that will seek public input and vet the vendors applying for the state’s voting machine contract that could be worth $100 million. The state’s efforts to replace its outdated election machines hasn’t gone smoothly over the last […]

Tax reform would reduce tax rates and enact tax cut triggers

Three new Louisiana lawmakers elected Saturday

By: - November 13, 2021

Louisiana residents picked three new lawmakers Saturday in what was expected to be a low turnout election.  Here’s a roundup of who was elected: Stine wins Senate election in Southwest Louisiana   Republican Jeremy Stine won Saturday’s election for the District 27 state Senate seat, getting 59% of the votes with 9,313 votes out of the […]

Conservative Louisiana lawmakers ask for improvements to COVID-19 vaccine reporting

By: - November 9, 2021

Louisiana has recorded just 122 negative reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine, including 11 which were classified as “severe” negative reactions, out of 2.2 million vaccine series given in the state, according to the state Department of Health. But about 15 members of the public — including members of an organization that lobbies against any government […]

Louisiana governor discusses solar and wind at U.N. climate conference

At U.N. climate conference, John Bel Edwards pushes partnership with green energy industries

By: - November 2, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards stressed the importance of partnering with industries to fight climate change during a Tuesday panel discussion at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties. Edwards pointed to increasingly severe weather events across the state and the eroding gulf coast as reasons for pushing for green energy in Louisiana. […]

Louisiana extends program that offers $100 gift cards for COVID-19 vaccination

By: - November 1, 2021

Until the end of November, Louisianians who get their first COVID-19 vaccination shot are eligible to receive $100, as part of an extended vaccine incentive campaign.  The Louisiana Department of Health announced the campaign extension Monday. The campaign, Shot For $100, was started for college students in August, but was expanded to the state’s general […]

Louisiana’s governor pursues biomass industry, drawing skepticism from environmentalists

By: - October 30, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards is, in many ways, pushing to be Louisiana’s “green governor” — the leader who transforms this oil-and-gas state into a safe space for sustainable energy.  “Make no mistake: an industry-wide transition to cleaner, less environmentally impactful energy production and utilization is going to happen regardless of if Louisiana participates, so it’s […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Tornado damages multiple Lake Charles homes

By: - October 28, 2021

After two hurricanes in three months, a winter storm and heavy flooding, Lake Charles is now recovering from a tornado.  “That’s enough to test anybody,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Thursday press conference in Lake Charles. “My heart breaks anytime we see this sort of damage anywhere, but particularly here in southwest Louisiana […]

‘A bureaucratic nightmare’: Applications to fix Louisiana’s failing water systems hit snags

By: - October 27, 2021

As the deadline for communities to apply for funding to fix their water and sewer systems approaches, lawmakers are still struggling to untangle the application process.  The program was created by the Louisiana Legislature earlier this year to distribute $300 million in federal pandemic aid. Eligible water systems can receive up to $5 million; potentially […]