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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.

Louisiana nursing home workers have a low vaccination rate. Biden mandate should change that.

By: , and - August 19, 2021

Nursing homes will be required to ensure their staffers are vaccinated against COVID-19, or risk losing billions of federal healthcare dollars in the Medicaid and Medicare programs, the Biden administration announced Wednesday. The president’s new mandate is likely to have a big impact on Louisiana, which has persistently had one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination […]

In Louisiana, four Black men were shot to death in 1960. The white shooter claimed self-defense.

By: - August 18, 2021

This story was produced by the Manship News Service at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. It is the first story in a four-part series from the LSU Cold Case Project.  During the 1950s in northeast Louisiana, future Klansman Robert Fuller was a familiar face to law enforcement. He lived on the outskirts of […]

Louisiana lawmakers COVID-19 hearing punctuated with outbursts, doubt

By: - August 16, 2021

The Louisiana lawmakers vaccine information meeting Monday got off to a rocky start when members of the audience refused to abide by the state’s indoor mask mandate. The meeting, which was scheduled for 10 a.m. at the state Capitol, began 20 minutes late while attendants tried to settle the audience and distribute masks to members […]

New Louisiana college vaccination incentive campaign announced

By: - August 13, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a new vaccination campaign for college students Friday. The first 75,000 college students who get vaccinated at participating higher education institutions will receive a $100 Visa card.  The “Shot for $100” campaign comes in the wake of increasingly dire COVID-19 statistics across the state. Edwards stressed that Louisiana is in […]

Last round of vaccine lottery winners announced

By: - August 13, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the final round of vaccine lottery winners Friday afternoon, marking the end of the Shot At A Million campaign. Janet Mann, a 63-year-old Bossier City resident, won the $1 million grand prize. Five teenagers also won $100,000 scholarships. The scholarship winners were Emily Guillet of Baton Rouge, Gavin Harrington of […]

As COVID-19 surges, Louisiana has only vaccinated a quarter of its incarcerated youth

By: - August 13, 2021

With COVID-19 raging across the state and affecting an increasingly younger demographic, rates of incarcerated youth vaccination for the novel coronavirus remain worryingly low.  Beth Touchet-Morgan, executive management adviser with the Office of Juvenile Justice, said out of the 205 young people in facilities, 24 percent — 49 people — are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 […]

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Louisiana Board of Regents passes new sexual harassment policy

By: - August 10, 2021

The Louisiana Board of Regents voted Tuesday to establish new, expanded procedures for dealing with sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence on college campuses statewide. Louisiana universities and colleges will now use broader definitions of sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence. The Board of Regents — which oversees state higher education policy — had to enact new […]

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Louisiana Board of Ethics has not collected millions in late fees

By: - August 9, 2021

The Louisiana Board of Ethics has been lagging behind processing late fees and debts, with millions in late fees not collected, according to a recent report.  The Louisiana Legislative Auditor found the ethics board had a total of $2.7 million in outstanding late fees as of March 18. The 2,100 late fees are associated with […]

LSU’s tiger mascot fully vaccinated

By: - August 9, 2021

LSU’s live tiger mascot, Mike VII, has been vaccinated against COVID-19, the university announced Monday. The four-year-old tiger received his first shot July 16 and his second dose Friday. Both shots were administered by his veterinarian, David Baker.  According to the university, Mike VII hasn’t had any side effects from the vaccine, which was donated […]

Children are increasingly infected by the Delta variant of the coronavirus, LSU doctor says

By: - August 6, 2021

BATON ROUGE – At a Friday news conference called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to discuss the state’s most recent COVID-19 statistics, Dr. John Vanchiere, director of community testing and vaccination outreach at LSU Health Shreveport’s Center for Emerging Viral Threats, said the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus isn’t sparing Louisiana’s youngest residents and […]

Gov. Edwards announces fourth round of vaccine lottery winners

By: - August 6, 2021

BATON ROUGE –  The fourth round winners of Louisiana’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery were announced Friday morning.  32-year-old Shreveport resident Coty Hemperley and 13-year-old New Orleans resident Nevada Charity won the Wednesday drawing, which was conducted by the Louisiana Lottery Corporation and overseen by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.  Hemperley received the fourth $100,000 cash prize and […]

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Gov. Edwards announces $34M will be used in statewide flood mitigation projects

By: - August 5, 2021

Around $34 million in federal funds will be used on flood mitigation projects throughout the state, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in a Thursday news release.  The Council on Watershed Management approved13 flood risk reduction projects that were recommended by steering committees for Louisiana watershed regions. The total includes $3.43 million for East Natchitoches drainage […]