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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.

More Louisiana vaccination lottery winners announced

By: - July 23, 2021

BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the second round of vaccine lottery winners Friday, thanking them for getting vaccinated.  The second round winners of the Shot At A Million COVID-19 campaign are Edwina Jones and Andrew Homan. Jones, a 65-year-old Marrero resident, won the second $100,000 cash prize. Homan, a 14-year-old Slidell resident, […]

Louisiana governments are expected to apply for aid to fix their water systems Aug. 1, but the applications aren’t yet ready

By: - July 22, 2021

BATON ROUGE – Even though Louisiana communities with water problems are expected to apply for a share of $300 million in federal pandemic aid at the beginning of August, at a Thursday meeting of the state’s newly formed Water Sector Commission meeting, the only thing state lawmakers decided was to meet again next week. “We’ve […]

Louisiana 211 launching new program to address opioid crisis

By: - July 22, 2021

BATON ROUGE – With skyrocketing opioid overdose cases in the past year and half, Louisiana 211 is launching a new texting program where Louisianians can find help for their problems with opioids.  The health services hotline announced that people can now text OPIOID to 898-211 to gain access to resources and confidential help from professionals […]

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

Louisiana counts 5,388 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, the 3rd highest spike ever

By: - July 21, 2021

BATON ROUGE – After the Wednesday veto override session ended without any bills being overridden, Gov. John Bel Edwards emphasized the need for both parties to come together and address the COVID-19 pandemic. At his 5 p.m. meeting addressing the session, Edwards said the surge in COVID-19 cases is the most pressing issue Louisiana is […]

Transgender rights activists kicked out of Louisiana Capitol for protesting

By: - July 20, 2021

BATON ROUGE — A group of transgender rights protesters was forced out of the Louisiana House of Representatives at the start of the veto override session Tuesday after shouting their opposition to Senate Bill 156, which would prevent transgender girls and women from playing girls’ and women’s sports. The six protesters on the balcony were […]

Republicans rally at the Louisiana State Capitol ahead of unprecedented veto override session

By: - July 19, 2021

BATON ROUGE – Guns, God and a bill banning transgender athletes from sports competition were the main topics at Monday’s veto override rally as Louisiana Republicans tried to rev up support ahead of the historic veto override session starting Tuesday.  The 5:30 p.m. rally at the State Capitol featured multiple Louisiana lawmakers who had their […]

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards sounds the alarm on spiking COVID-19 numbers, says ‘90% of cases are wholly preventable’

By: - July 16, 2021

BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards addressed the gravity of surging COVID-19 cases across the state in a Friday press conference, but he said he does not plan to implement any additional restrictions.    “At the moment, I am not considering reimposing mitigation measures or mandates,” Edwards said. “We will obviously continue to look at […]

Edwin Edwards to lie in state Saturday at the Louisiana Capitol

By: - July 15, 2021

BATON ROUGE – Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, who died Monday at age 93, will lie in state Saturday in the Memorial Hall of the Louisiana Capitol, according to a news release from the Louisiana Legislature.  Public viewing is available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m..  From 10 a.m. to noon, Louisiana Public broadcasting will […]

Virus reaches new record of hospitalizations in Louisiana

Unvaccinated Louisiana residents face heightened risk of COVID-19 amid new spike

By: - July 14, 2021

With a confirmed surge in COVID-19 cases, the Louisiana Health Department warned residents that unvaccinated people were at much higher risk during the ongoing pandemic. On Wednesday, the state reported 1,936 new COVID-19 cases, 10 new deaths, 468 COVID-19 patients hospitalized and 40 COVID-19 patients on ventilators.  Since May, according to the health department, 94% […]

Charges dropped against activists protesting Louisiana pipeline

By: - July 13, 2021

Environmental groups celebrated Tuesday as they announced that District Attorney Bofill “Bo” Duhé, chief prosecutor in St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary Parishes, rejected all charges against 17 people who were charged with crimes in 2018 for violating a law making it a felony to be at or near pipelines or construction sites without permission. […]

Delta variant means Louisiana will likely see another surge of COVID-19, health officials say

By: - July 8, 2021

Louisiana health officials said Thursday that low vaccination rates and a new strain of the novel coronavirus are responsible for a rising number of cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19. In an online news conference Thursday, those officials also warned that yet another COVID-19 surge is likely.  According to State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter, seven […]

Delta variant of the novel coronavirus driving up Louisiana’s COVID-19 numbers

By: - July 8, 2021

With the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus spreading across Louisiana parishes, recent data indicate a corresponding uptick in COVID-19 cases.  Hospitalization rates have been steadily rising in the past few days, starting on July 1 with 259 COVID-19 patients hospitalized. On July 7, 348 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized. According to the Louisiana Department of […]