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.

staff at Paul Habans Charter School hands out supplies including food, books and computers to students and the community as Louisiana schools close due to the spread of COVID-19.

Billions are left to address the COVID student slump, but some see an unfunded mandate

By: - May 1, 2023

Billions of federal dollars are available to help Louisiana students make up ground lost in the classroom to the COVID-19 pandemic, but some educators say they don’t have the staff to put the plans in place and are concerned about what happens once the money runs out.  Louisiana schools have roughly $2.3 billion left to […]

Senator Mack "Bodi" White of Central

The public shouldn’t be silenced for a lawmaker’s inability to schedule

By: - April 28, 2023

More than a dozen proponents and nearly as many opponents came to the State Capitol Thursday to address lawmakers regarding Senate Bill 7, a proposal under consideration in the Senate Education Committee. It would require public libraries in Louisiana to set up a checkout card system that would restrict children’s access to materials deemed sexually […]

Acronym DARE as DRUG ABUSE RESISTANCE EDUCATION. Yellow paint line on the road against asphalt background.

Lawmakers bristle at effort to untie DARE from possibly unconstitutional funding

By: - April 28, 2023

An attempt to unlink a long-running anti-drug effort for students from a legally questionable funding source failed Thursday in the Louisiana House Judiciary Committee.    More than 40 Louisiana sheriffs staff Drug Abuse Resistance Education programs, or DARE for short, with about 160 deputies, according to the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association. One of DARE’s funding streams comes […]

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Senate committee shushes opposition to library restriction bill

By: - April 27, 2023

A proposal that would establish a system for Louisiana public libraries to restrict children’s access to content deemed sexually explicit was advanced from a state Senate committee Thursday before any opponents could speak out against it. Senate Bill 7, by Sen. Heather Cloud, R-Turkey Creek, would require libraries to create a card system so parents […]

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Proposal would allow associate degree holders to take teaching jobs

By: - April 27, 2023

A Louisiana Senate panel approved a proposal Thursday that would allow holders of two-year associate degrees to fill teaching vacancies in school districts that accept the qualifications. The measure has the support of state education Superintendent Cade Brumley as a way to help address teacher shortages. Sen. Patrick McMath, R-Covington, authored Senate Bill 81 and […]

Clockwise from upper right: Attorney General Jeff Landry, former DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson, Lake Charles attorney Hunter Lundy, Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana President Steven Procopio, former Louisiana Association of Business and Industry CEO Stephen Waguespack, state Rep. Richard Nelson, state Sen. Sharon Hewitt and Louisiana Treasurer John Schroder take part in the PAR governor's candidates forum Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana governor candidates pressed for stances at PAR forum

By: - April 27, 2023

All seven of the well funded candidates for Louisiana governor agree more public money should be invested on early childhood education. Nearly all believe the state should maintain the expanded Medicaid coverage offered to qualifying residents seven years ago. Beyond that, they expressed fairly similar broad visions for the state under their leadership, with some […]

From left: Louisiana attorney general candidates Marty Maley, Liz Murrill, John Belton and John Stefanski listen to a question from Public Affairs Research Council President Steven Procopio at a forum

Candidates for Louisiana attorney general prioritize crime fighting at forum

By: - April 26, 2023

The four candidates running for attorney general cited crime as the top problem facing the state at a Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana forum held Wednesday in Baton Rouge. As to how they would address the issue if elected, each acknowledged, in varying degrees, the limited role the office plays in law enforcement. Criminal […]

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Stricter juvenile justice proposals among raft of criminal policy changes to advance

By: - April 26, 2023

Approval of a bill that would stop treating 17-year-olds as youth offenders in Louisiana’s criminal justice system capped a six-hour hearing Tuesday that saw several proposals with enhanced restrictions advance.  The only legislation the House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice rejected on its lengthy agenda was a measure to decriminalize cannabis.  House Bill […]

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Want to be buried with your pet? Louisiana might dig that

By: - April 25, 2023

A Louisiana House committee gave its nod Monday to a proposal that would allow pet owners to have the cremated remains of their companions buried with them. While the sponsor of the proposal says the practice might already be taking place, state law must be updated to protect cemetery owners from legal repercussions. Rep. Wayne […]

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Shorter training time for cosmetologists not in style for everyone

By: - April 25, 2023

A proposal to shorten the training requirements for a cosmetology license in Louisiana isn’t a good look, according to some members of the profession. They worry a hastened education in hairstyling, esthetics and manicures could lead to problems with health, safety and customer satisfaction.  Still, a legislative panel advanced a bill Monday that would chop […]

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Proposal shields teachers from criminal consequences for breaking up student fights

By: - April 24, 2023

Teachers at Louisiana schools would be immune from criminal charges if a student gets hurt when they break up a fight, according to a proposal that advanced Monday from a state House committee. Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, sponsored House Bill 86, which she calls the Protect Teachers Act. Current law already shields teachers, principals […]

Former U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022, in Bedminster, New Jersey.

It should be no surprise ‘the most pro-life’ Trump is waffling on abortion

By: - April 21, 2023

It’s not that former President Donald Trump says one thing and does another. It’s that he says and does whatever he wants, but very purposefully. Both must provide him with some sort of personal, business or political advantage. As anti-abortion stalwarts are now learning, Trump won’t say anything if that benefits him the most. One […]