Rachel Mipro

Rachel Mipro

Rachel Mipro is a contributing reporter to the Illuminator. She 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.

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. […]

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

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 […]

Louisiana statewide mask mandate lifted, except in K-12 schools

By: - October 26, 2021

Gov. Edwards lifted Louisiana’s mask mandate, following a statewide decrease in COVID-19 cases. Starting Wednesday, masks won’t be required, except at K-12 schools that are not following U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidance regarding quarantine after exposure to COVID-19. “We have made tremendous progress,” Edwards said, emphasizing that the worst of the fourth surge of […]

‘This has become the norm’: Grambling students reflect on recent shootings

By: - October 26, 2021

GRAMBLING, La. — Days after the Grambling State University shootings, students are returning to classes, trying to resume normal life.  A small group of students from the Gemini Club, a club dedicated to student and community engagement, were picking up trash along one of the main campus streets Oct. 21, four days after the second […]

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

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to attend climate change summit in Scotland

By: - October 25, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards, along with ten other Louisiana officials, will be traveling to Scotland for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference.   Along with the governor and security personnel, the following people will be part of the Louisiana delegation: Special Assistant to Edwards Donald Dunbar Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson Louisiana Department of […]

A vial of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 boosters from Moderna, J&J OK’d along with ‘mix and match’ shots

By: and - October 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Moderna booster shot for the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to adults in Louisiana, the Louisiana Health Department announced Friday, after federal health officials gave the green light Thursday follow-up doses of the shots made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.  Anyone who received the one-shot J&J vaccine is now eligible for a […]

Concerns about fair representation prevalent at Louisiana’s first political redistricting meeting

By: - October 21, 2021

MONROE, La.  – Northeast Louisiana residents urged lawmakers to redraw political districts in ways that accurately represent populations at Louisiana’s first public meeting on political redistricting held Wednesday.  “I hope it’s not just a show,” Vee Wright, a Monroe resident, said. “Like you’re going all around the state listening to us and then you’re going […]

Grambling State University

After two shootings, Grambling students push for change, closed campus

By: - October 20, 2021

Adrian Consonery spent the tail end of homecoming hiding behind a car, listening to gunfire and hoping the sound wasn’t getting closer.  “We were still listening for the shots, trying to see what direction they were coming through, and everything like that,” Consonery said. “Someone else hopped over the car with me and looked at […]