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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
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Louisiana redistricting 2022: Welcome to Vegas, Opie

By: - January 24, 2022

Throughout the state, communities will argue their political boundaries shouldn’t change so that they can retain their voting strength. But what if that strength comes at the cost of weakening someone else?

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Bossier casino gets more time for next move after St. Tammany voters reject relocation

By: - January 20, 2022

The owners of a Bossier City riverboat casino will get a little more time to determine their next move after voters in St. Tammany Parish rejected a proposal in December to transfer the gaming license there.  DiamondJacks had until Feb. 9 to resume gambling at its current site as a condition for putting its relocation […]

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History gives Treasurer John Schroder a fighting chance in the 2023 governor’s race 

By: - January 20, 2022

The field for Louisiana governor could feature three Republican statewide elected officials. Of the three positions, only treasurers have demonstrated a recent history of ascending politically.

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Feds prioritize billions for Louisiana coastal projects

By: - January 19, 2022

Not all of the projects are fully funded. Those with dollars from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will require 35% in matching money from the state.

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What would Martin Luther King think about America in 2022?

By: - January 17, 2022

It’s certainly no coincidence that debate over the most significant piece of voting rights legislation in more than a generation is coming to a head as we celebrate the holiday dedicated to the United States’ preeminent civil rights icon. While it’s a stretch to call the prevailing politically hued conjecture over the John Lewis Voting […]

Governor: Most COVID-19 reinfections in Louisiana are among unvaccinated

By: - January 13, 2022

People who have not received a coronavirus vaccine account for the majority of those who have contracted COVID-19 more than once, according to data Gov. John Bel Edwards shared Thursday. From September through December 2021, 60% percent of reinfections were among the unvaccinated, the governor said. In the past two days, 2,384 reinfections were reported […]

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CROWN Act resistance shows how far Louisiana has to go after Plessy pardon

By: - January 12, 2022

Three versions of a proposal to prohibit discrimination against natural hairstyles failed in the Louisiana Legislature. Two sponsors say they'll bring their bills back this year.

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Louisiana sets another COVID-19 daily case count record: 17,592

By: - January 12, 2022

The omicron variant continues to fuel an increase coronavirus cases in Louisiana. The state health department reported a new single-day high for COVID-19 cases with 17,592, eclipsing a record set last week by nearly 2,800. The Louisiana Department also reported 1,999 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 and 14 deaths. Individuals age 5-17 (20%) and 18-29 (20%) accounted […]

Gary Chambers to challenge John Kennedy for U.S. Senate

By: - January 11, 2022

Baton Rouge activist Gary Chambers announced Tuesday through social media that he will challenge incumbent John Kennedy for a seat representing Louisiana in the U.S. Senate. Chambers, a Democrat, narrowly missed a runoff in last year’s race for the 2nd Congressional District. He endorsed second-place finisher Karen Carter Peterson, who lost the general election to […]

New Orleans judge indicted for filing false tax returns

By: - January 10, 2022

City Court Judge Ernestine Anderson-Trahan allegedly failed to report income she received for performing wedding ceremonies.

U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments against COVID-19 vaccine mandates

By: - January 7, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Friday against President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates for large employers and health care workers. The plaintiffs include Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who has specifically objected to the requirement at hospitals and facilities that receive federal aid. The U.S. District Court for Western Louisiana and Missouri’s Eastern […]

Louisiana to receive nearly $92 million for low-income utility bill assistance

By: - January 7, 2022

The White House announced Friday that Louisiana will receive $91.7 million for its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. In addition to a $50.3 annual allocation for the state, $41.4 million is from the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan. The money is available to qualifying homeowners and renters to help pay past-due bills and to avoid […]