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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 | NOLA.com, 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.

COMMENTARY
Col. Kevin Reeves and Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana State Police silence will continue without leadership accountability

By: - March 26, 2022

For nearly a decade, there has been a pattern of transgressions that either directly involved the upper echelons of State Police or occurred with their explicit knowledge.

Louisiana to receive another $1.7B for hurricane recovery from feds

By: - March 22, 2022

The Biden administration announced Tuesday that Louisiana will receive an additional $1.27 billion in recovery resources for areas affected in Hurricane Ida last year and another $450 million for southwest Louisiana, where hurricanes Laura and Delta decimated the affordable housing stock in 2020. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge announced the […]

Final House vote delayed on Louisiana adoption birth certificate bill

Bill to provide adopted people access to birth certificates advances to Louisiana House

By: - March 21, 2022

Supporters of the bill have said identifying information is already successful through genealogy and DNA-tracking websites such as 23andMe.com and Ancestry.com.

COMMENTARY

Through insurance reform, Louisiana lawmakers could prove they’re listening

By: - March 16, 2022

Hurricanes Laura, Delta and Ida revealed the major gaps that persist in property insurance regulation. Many months later, thousands of homeowners are still displaced or living in structures needing repairs while their damage claims are needlessly delayed.

Ronald Greene

Investigator: Louisiana State Police ignored recommendation to arrest trooper in Ronald Greene case

By: - March 11, 2022

An in-house Louisiana State Police investigator said his recommendation to supervisors to have a trooper arrested following the in-custody death of Black motorist Ronald Greene, a Black motorist, was ignored.

Louisiana senators to hold inaugural meeting of State Police Oversight Committee

Lawmakers ponder civilian leadership for Louisiana State Police

By: - March 11, 2022

State lawmakers questioned Friday why Louisiana State Police is under the umbrella of the Department of Corrections and Public Safety, whose cabinet-level secretary has no supervisory or budget control over the law enforcement agency.

COMMENTARY
New Orleans City Council

Let’s continue to move toward virtual public meeting and courtroom access

By: - March 11, 2022

It’s hard to believe, given how we’ve all grown accustomed to conducting business virtually over the past two years, that there are still governmental entities that have not kept pace with the times and made the non-threatening leap into video conferencing.

COMMENTARY
Right-wing protestors in Maricopa County, Arizona

Cost, manpower are bigger concerns for Louisiana election officials than voter fraud

By: - March 4, 2022

Local election officials say any system that depends on paper brings with it a host of logistical and supply chain concerns.

Voters exit a precinct at the Lake Charles Civic Center

Lawmakers want more time to inspect options for Louisiana voting machines

By: - February 23, 2022

The state plans to move on from the computerized counting devices it has used since the early 2000s to a system that scans paper ballots.

graduation mortar board

Hurricanes, COVID contribute to decrease in Louisiana TOPS scholarship qualifiers

By: - February 23, 2022

The number of Louisiana high school graduates who qualified for the state's free college tuition program hit a five-year low.

COMMENTARY
State Representative Barry Ivey

In Louisiana’s ‘Animal House,’ Ivey says what needed to be said

By: - February 18, 2022

In summary, Ivey’s message to lawmakers who had just tabled his attempt to add a minority district to the Louisiana Supreme Court was that “lazy” and “stupid” is no way for the Legislature to go through life.

Casino

Gaming regulators: Diamond Jacks casino owner must transfer license to new operator or else

By: - February 17, 2022

Louisiana’s gambling regulator has given the owner of Diamond Jacks riverboat casino in Bossier City 60 days to work out a deal to sell the site – or have its state gaming license revoked.