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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.

With Louisiana’s opioid overdose cases increasing, activists work to raise awareness

By: - July 28, 2021

BATON ROUGE – Lilly Harvey’s daughter fatally overdosed on opioids, and Harvey struggled with opioid addiction herself. In memory of her lost daughter, she has been working to raise awareness of the overdose crisis in her Winnsboro community, including creating an advocacy group called “Millie Mattered.” “I tried to reach out to others who had […]

Virus reaches new record of hospitalizations in Louisiana

As Louisiana COVID-19 numbers keep going up, epidemiologists worry about the future

By: - July 27, 2021

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s COVID-19 numbers keep getting worse. On Tuesday, the state marked the highest single-day increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations since March 2020, the month the virus was first detected in the state. There were 169 more COVID-19 patients hospitalized than there were Monday for a total of 1,390 and 45 more people on […]

Masks, virtual classes are challenging for Louisiana students who can’t hear or see

By: - July 27, 2021

BATON ROUGE – The requirements to submit to daily temperature checks, wear masks, repeatedly wash hands and stay apart from one another has made education in the time of the novel coronavirus tedious and difficult for all students. However, students whose hearing or vision is impaired have had even more challenges to endure to learn […]

COVID-19 outbreaks at Louisiana nursing homes infect nearly 1,200 staff members

Louisiana COVID-19 cases still rising, masks now required in state buildings

By: - July 26, 2021

BATON ROUGE – With a mask mandate in place for government agencies across Louisiana and COVID-19 cases on the rise, government officials warn residents to brace themselves for the rising surge.   In a Friday press conference, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana had the highest growth in COVID-19 cases per capita in the U.S., […]

COVID-19 numbers increasing the fastest in Louisiana, Gov. Edwards says

By: - July 23, 2021

BATON ROUGE –  Louisiana now has the highest growth in COVID-19 cases per capita in the country, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a Friday afternoon press conference, and he pleaded with the people of the state to get vaccinated to protect themselves from sickness and death.  While the state’s vaccine lottery campaign has helped […]

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 […]

COVID-19 outbreaks at Louisiana nursing homes infect nearly 1,200 staff members

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 […]