Greg LaRose

Greg LaRose

Greg LaRose has covered news for more than 30 years in Louisiana. Before coming to the Louisiana Illuminator, he was the chief investigative reporter for WDSU-TV in New Orleans. He previously led the government and politics team for The Times-Picayune |, and was editor in chief at New Orleans CityBusiness. Greg's other career stops include Tiger Rag, South Baton Rouge Journal, the Covington News Banner, Louisiana Radio Network and multiple radio stations.

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Louisiana’s GOP delegation lacks Choco Taco conviction

By: - July 28, 2022

There’s a lot being made of the untimely demise of the Choco Taco, which its manufacturer announced this week would be discontinued. Its impending absence has motivated its fans to appeal – somehow, some way – to keep it off the ice cream novelty extinction list. Those supporters include U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, who […]

President Joe Biden at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office

Biden: ‘I’m feeling much better than I sound’ after COVID diagnosis

By: - July 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has begun using an albuterol inhaler intermittently to treat symptoms related to COVID-19, but is feeling well, according to White House officials and the president on Friday. “I’m feeling much better than I sound,” Biden said during a virtual meeting on gas prices with his economic advisers Friday afternoon.   When […]

New Orleans skyline with City Hall, Superdome

Bond commission makes largely symbolic vote to protest New Orleans’ abortion law stance

By: - July 21, 2022

Before voting to withhold potential financing in years to come, the Louisiana Bond Commission approved a $32 million cash line of credit for the same Sewerage and Water Board project.

New Orleans protest over Supreme Court overturning abortion ruling

Judge finds Louisiana abortion laws vague; enforcement still on hold

By: - July 21, 2022

Judge Don Johnson ruled Thursday that Louisiana’s abortion laws are vague and therefore cannot be enforced. His decision puts a preliminary injunction on the state’s “trigger” law that keeps Attorney General Jeff Landry and the state health department from shutting down the state’s three abortion clinics for now. Kathaleen Pittman of Hope Medical Group for […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Landry to treasurer, bond commission: Halt New Orleans financing for not enforcing abortion law

By: - July 19, 2022

This potentially puts at jeopardy a plan to finance the construction of a new power plant for the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.

Peterson pushed Edwards campaign, Democratic Party to work with firms in fraud scheme

By: - July 18, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – Karen Carter Peterson pushed for the Louisiana Democratic Party to award a contract worth tens of thousands of dollars to a New Orleans political consulting firm just a few weeks before the 2019 primary election for governor. That’s according to the state party’s executive director at the time, who says he questioned […]

Karen Carter Peterson

Court records detail Karen Carter Peterson wire fraud scheme

By: - July 14, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – Karen Carter Peterson, a former state senator and Louisiana Democratic Party chair, has admitted she diverted party and campaign funds for her personal use. Federal authorities shed light on the wire fraud scheme in a bill of information filed Thursday. Peterson’s attorney, Brian Capitelli, confirmed to reporters that she has signed a […]

Karen Carter Peterson to plead guilty for using party, campaign funds for gambling, reports say

By: - July 14, 2022

Former state lawmaker and Louisiana Democratic Party chairman Karen Carter Peterson is expected to admit in federal court that she used party funds and money from her campaign to support her gambling addiction, multiple news outlets are reporting. The reports all cite anonymous sources that say a guilty plea could come soon from Peterson, who […]


GOP contenders’ words, deeds will haunt them as candidates for governor

By: - July 13, 2022

Attorney General Jeff Landry was effusive Friday after an Orleans Parish judge refused to maintain a stay against enforcing Louisiana’s abortion ban. If you didn’t hear his remarks, don’t worry. Landry’s opponents in next year’s governor’s race are likely to use them against him repeatedly in campaign ads. “If you don’t like the laws of […]

Louisiana does little to regulate surface water use, audit finds

By: - July 11, 2022

The lack of a statewide management plan in Louisiana is a chief reason why so little is done to monitor how industry uses surface water from its navigable waterbodies and state-owned lakes, according to a new audit report. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor says a water management plan is needed to protect the state’s resources and […]

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Kanter: Louisiana is in 6th wave of COVID-19

By: - July 7, 2022

An increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations prompted state health officials Thursday to declare that Louisiana is in its sixth surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. State health officer Dr. Joseph Kanter reported 5,436 new cases, 567 hospitalizations and two deaths from the novel coronavirus. The actual number of cases is likely much […]

First monkeypox case identified in Louisiana resident

By: - July 7, 2022

State health officials reported Thursday the first case of a Louisiana resident who has contracted monkeypox, in addition to an out-of-state visitor who was diagnosed while in Louisiana. Some 15 to 20 people they potentially exposed to the virus are now being contacted, according the Louisiana Department of Health. State health officer Dr. Joseph Kanter […]