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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.

Louisiana environmental activists hope for passage of federal conservation act

By: - October 19, 2021

Almost 700 plant and animal species in Louisiana are in need of protection, between dwindling habitats and weather events like hurricanes changing, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  Louisiana has 21 species currently listed federally as threatened or endangered, including the Louisiana pearlshell, Gulf sturgeon and Louisiana pinesnake. The Pearl River Map […]

Louisiana activists still questioning why office for women’s health wasn’t created

By: - October 7, 2021

With Louisiana sitting near the bottom nationally on health outcomes for women and children, activists are still seeking answers for why a bill to establish a Louisiana Office on Women’s Health stalled.  Alma Stewart, founder and president of the Louisiana Center for Health Equity, said she wants to know why House Bill 193 wasn’t heard […]

Activist group, along with parent, sues New Orleans over evacuation of detention center teens to adult prison

By: - October 5, 2021

This story has been updated. A juvenile justice advocacy group, along with a parent of a teen held in custody, is suing the city of New Orleans, a little more than a month after the evacuation of a New Orleans juvenile detention center to an adult prison before Hurricane Ida.  The lawsuit, filed by the […]

Louisiana foster kids relocated to Nebraska for weeks after Hurricane Ida

By: - October 4, 2021

Teenagers from group homes in New Orleans and Gretna returned to Louisiana Sept. 28, after weeks spent in Nebraska following Hurricane Ida.  Before Ida hit, the teenagers, who ranged in age from 13-18, were evacuated from the New Orleans Boys Town group homes to Lake Claiborne State Park in Homer, Louisiana, staying there from Aug. […]

Legislators question LSU on implementation of new sexual harassment policies

By: - September 28, 2021

After months of working on recommendations given by the Husch Blackwell reports and lawmakers, LSU still doesn’t have a a full, permanent staff in the office that handles sexual assault allegations and lawmakers also voiced concerns about the accessibility of LSU’s online sexual assault resources at a Tuesday meeting.  Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, asked LSU […]

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

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 approves contracts held up over consultants’ work with environmentalists

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 […]