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.

Legislature names 4 to Louisiana Ethics Board

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 […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

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 […]

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LSU will require negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination for returning students

By: - August 4, 2021

BATON ROUGE –  To hold in-person classes again during one of the highest surges in COVID-19 since the pandemic began, LSU will require negative COVID-19 tests for arriving students.  In the COVID-19 Roadmap released Wednesday, LSU announced that all students must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days before arriving on […]

A surgical mask and an N95 mask hang on display for sale at a pharmacy. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry urges residents to follow COVID-19 safety precautions, avoid another shutdown

By: - August 3, 2021

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the state’s largest business organization, urged Louisianians to follow Gov. Edwards’ COVID-19 guidelines in a Tuesday press release, saying the economy is “too fragile” to take another shutdown. LABI President and CEO Stephen Waguespack encouraged vaccinations, saying with increasing COVID-19 cases and students returning to […]

Louisiana’s water districts can now apply for funding to carry out repairs and upgrades

By: - August 3, 2021

With applications now open, Louisiana communities will have until Sept. 24 to apply for funding to fix their community water and sewer systems.  Water  systems that apply can receive up to $5 million in funding, using money allocated from federal pandemic aid, with potentially more funding available for water systems that consolidate with others. The […]

Gov. Edwards reinstates statewide mask mandate for Louisiana

By: and - August 2, 2021

Facing some of the worst COVID-19 statistics the state has seen and flanked by doctors from across Louisiana who said their hospitals are filled to capacity, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that he is reinstating a statewide face mask mandate. The mandate will include everyone 5 and up, and will be in effect in all […]

Days before Louisiana water districts can apply for aid, program guidelines are incomplete

By: - July 31, 2021

Lawmakers on the Louisiana Legislature’s Water Sector Commission announced at a Friday meeting at the Greater Lafourche Port Commission in Cut Off that the state’s struggling water districts will be able to access an application portal Sunday Aug.1. Those communities will be seeking a portion of $300 million in federal pandemic aid the Legislature set […]

Judge grants restraining order against Louisiana med school vaccine mandate

Low vaccination rates among incarcerated youth, staff at juvenile facilities, leads to concern

By: - July 30, 2021

Though everybody over age 12 is eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, only 27% of Louisiana’s incarcerated youth have been inoculated against the deadly virus, an official with the Office of Juvenile Justice said Thursday, and only 36% of the staff at the state’s juvenile facilities have been. “They have received all the information and we really […]

Champion speller Zaila Avant-garde encourages Louisianians to get V-A-C-C-I-N-A-T-E-D

By: - July 29, 2021

BATON ROUGE – Trying a novel approach to increase vaccination rates among young Louisianians, Gov. John Bel Edwards released public service announcements starring National Spelling Bee Champion and Guinness Book World Record Holder Zaila Avant-garde on Thursday.  The14-year-old Harvey resident  won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee July 8  becoming the first Black winner from […]