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.

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 […]

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Plastics company to build $13.3M expansion in North Louisiana

By: - July 7, 2021

BATON ROUGE –  Continental Structural Plastics is planning a $13.3 million expansion project, Gov. John Bel Edwards and CSP CEO Steve Rooney announced in a joint news release Wednesday. The expansion will take place at the company’s Sarepta facility. According to Louisiana Economic Development, the project is expected to support 200 construction jobs, create 65 […]

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LSU biology professor wins medal for her research

By: - July 2, 2021

LSU faculty member Mary Jane West-Eberhard was selected as a 2021 recipient of the Linnean Medal, the university announced late last month.  The Linnean Medal is given annually by The Linnean Society of London, the world’s oldest active society dedicated to natural history.  West-Eberhard was awarded the medal for her work with tropical social wasps, […]