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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.

With lack of power, New Orleans synagogues disrupted right before High Holidays

By: - September 4, 2021

Hurricane Ida disrupted synagogues across metro New Orleans right before the High Holy Days, an extremely significant time in the Jewish faith. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is held on Sept. 6 and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will be Sept. 16.  With congregations scattered because of the hurricane, most synagogues across New […]

New Orleans residents struggle to get medicine, contact family after Hurricane Ida

By: - September 2, 2021

Days after Hurricane Ida knocked out power, people in New Orleans are dealing with extreme heat and gas shortages. Some are struggling to find medicine they need to take.  At the Treme Recreation Center, cars and pedestrians lined up to get bags of ice and Meals Ready to Eat (MREs).   Kim Silver, one of the […]

Louisiana babies airlifted out of Louisiana hospitals, sent to Texas

By: and - September 1, 2021

Six newborns from Terrebonne General Medical Center were evacuated to Ochsner Lafayette General, the hospital announced Tuesday.  All six are in stable condition and staff members at the hospital have been working extra shifts and staying late for feedings to take care of all patients, Critical Care Nurse Manager Meagan Daigle said. Other sick babies […]

Hurricane Ida sends Nicholls State students to shelter at Louisiana Tech

By: - August 31, 2021

The future is uncertain for the 40 Nicholls State University students taking shelter at Louisiana Tech in Ruston. The students, who evacuated Saturday night, have no timeframe for when they might be able to return to college. Nicholls hometown parish of Lafourche was devastated by Hurricane Ida, and damage is currently being assessed, with roads […]

Hurricane Ida upgraded to Category 4 storm, called ‘potentially catastrophic’ for Louisiana

By: - August 27, 2021

Hurricane Ida is expected to be an extreme threat to Louisiana, when it makes landfall as a Category 4 storm Sunday evening. A state of emergency was declared Thursday in 12 parishes. Five parishes are under a voluntary or mandatory evacuation order already.  National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Schott said Ida is developing faster than […]

What does Louisiana school lunchtime look like during a pandemic?

By: - August 27, 2021

With the fourth surge of the COVID-19 delta variant still raging, K-12 school systems in Louisiana have had to restructure their most basic services  — even school lunches.  Though mask mandates are in place for Louisiana schools, educators still have to safely navigate lunchtime, where students have to remove masks in order to eat.  In […]

Virus kills another child, bringing Louisiana's pediatric death toll to 16

Louisiana baby dies from COVID-19 amid Delta surge

By: - August 25, 2021

A child under the age of one died from COVID-19 in Louisiana this week, the state Department of Health announced Wednesday.  The child is one out of 11 children younger than 18 that have died from COVID-19 in Louisiana. According to the LDH, this is the youngest COVID-19 death in more than six months, marking […]

With drones becoming more of a force in Louisiana, committee established to regulate them

By: - August 25, 2021

The first meeting of the Louisiana Drone Advisory Committee showed the increasing impact of drone usage across the state. Over the last few years, drones have been incorporated into different areas, with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents using drones to cut down on illegal oyster harvesting and police using them for aerial mapping […]

Senate leaders want school districts to decide masking

Pfizer vaccine approved, but no plan for mandate in most Louisiana K-12 school systems right now

By: - August 23, 2021

K-12 school leaders across Louisiana are still reluctant to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for older students, even after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the Pfizer vaccine full approval for use in adults and older children Monday.  Kevin Litten, spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Health, said that individual schools could require the vaccine, […]

Concerning amount of COVID-19 cases in Louisiana schools, children

By: - August 20, 2021

With children back in school, COVID-19 cases among K-12 students and staff members are worryingly high, Gov. John Bel Edwards said during a Friday press conference.  From Aug. 9 to Aug. 15, the first week of the school year, 2,444 COVID-19 cases were reported among students and staff. More cases were reported during this week […]

LSU Student Union

LSU Greek Life Director Angela Guillory leaves job

By: - August 20, 2021

LSU’s Greek Life Director Angela Guillory, who kept her job through several Greek-related controversies, quietly retired this summer after 18 years at the university.  Guillory officially left LSU July 31, according to LSU spokesperson Ernie Ballard. He said the departure was her own decision.  “Angela Guillory retired from her role at LSU over the summer, […]

Sports betting bill clears committee

Emergency rules for Louisiana sports betting go into effect Monday

By: - August 19, 2021

Emergency rules for Louisiana sports betting will go into effect Aug. 23, after being adopted Thursday during a Gaming Control Board meeting. As these rules are temporary, they will be in effect for 180 days. The guidelines were formed quickly to expedite sports betting, with input from 90 entities interested in the process, according to […]