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.

Edwards: Bond Commission will move past abortion dispute, approve New Orleans power plant project

By: - August 23, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – Gov. John Bel Edwards said he expects the Louisiana Bond Commission to work through an impasse that’s holding up nearly $40 million in financing for a critical infrastructure project here.  At issue is the city’s decision not to enforce the state’s abortion law, and Attorney General Jeff Landry and other conservative members […]

Sports betting closing the gap in Louisiana gambling revenue for July

By: - August 23, 2022

Gamblers placing bets on sports – in person and on mobile devices – are catching up to their counterparts at Louisiana’s legacy casinos in terms of money spent. According to figures from State Police, nearly $185 million in sports wagers were placed in July compared with $204 million in gross gaming revenue at riverboats, race […]

Sewerage and Water Board plant

Bond Commission sits on power plant financing until New Orleans rescinds abortion policy

By: - August 18, 2022

New Orleans officials will have to rescind a resolution not to enforce Louisiana’s abortion law — or at least explain in person why they won’t — if the city wants preliminary approval for money needed to build a critical infrastructure power plant.  Anti-abortion forces on the Louisiana Bond Commission prevailed in a 7-6 vote Thursday […]

Nursing Home Scandal

Unlicensed nursing home evacuation sites are a problem Louisiana can’t wait to fix

By: - August 18, 2022

A public records request from the Louisiana Illuminator found documents that show more than a dozen hurricane-prone nursing homes plan to use evacuation sites the state health department has deemed unfit for that purpose.

The Louisiana State Capitol

Pay for Louisiana Capitol security director will rival police chief compensation

By: - August 17, 2022

Leaders in the Louisiana Legislature are expected to set a salary range by week’s end for the director of a new capitol security force. The compensation will be on par with what many police chiefs around the state make.  The director, who lawmakers hope to have hired before year’s end, will oversee as many as […]

Steve Scalise and Kevin McCarthy

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.

Louisiana state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson gives a concession speech after losing a runoff to represent Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District to state Sen. Troy Carter in 2021.

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 […]